Prosecutors at the Boulder County District Attorney's office have decided not to file charges against Colorado State Rep. Lori Saine who was arrested on December 5 after bringing a loaded gun through security checkpoints at Denver International Airport.
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<span style="margin-top:15px;rgba(42,51,6,0.7);font-size:12px;">Credit: Boulder County Jail</span>
Boulder District Attorney Stanley Garnett's office released a statement Thursday saying a criminal case could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt and charges "are not appropriate." She was facing a class 6 felony charge because of the incident. One has to wonder if anyone other than a government official would have been subject to the same treatment.
Just last year, Georgia implemented a law that said those who forget they have a gun in their carry-on luggage will be facing up to a year in jail and a $100,000 fine. However, in Colorado, if you get caught bringing a firearm to the airport you are facing a 3rd Degree Felony or a Class A Misdemeanor with anywhere from 0 days to 10 years in jail and a $5,000 to $10,000 fine.
According to Saine's statement to police, she "totally forgot" about the loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun in her purse. TSA agents only discovered the weapon when her purse was passed through an x-ray machine which revealed the deadly weapon inside.
Denver District Attorney Beth McCann said Monday that the Boulder office would review the case and that she and Saine had worked closely together. These close connections to the prosecutor office are probably what got her out of legal trouble because the law is very clear if you bring a gun to the airport, whether you forgot about it or brought it intentionally, there are repercussions.
It doesn't set a very good example when a person whose job is to create laws isn't subject to the same consequences as everyone else when they break the law.
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