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Bexar County Judge Rosie Gonzalez caught with loaded gun at San Antonio Airport

WOAI San Antonio 9/28/2022 Jaie Avila
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SAN ANTONIO - A local judge was briefly detained at the San Antonio International Airport for having a loaded handgun in her carry-on bag. 

Bexar County Court Judge Rosie Speedlin Gonzalez was on her way to a conference in Miami on Sept. 19 when the TSA scanner detected her handgun.

San Antonio Police officers ran background checks, confiscated the gun and let her go to catch her flight.

In her chambers behind County Court 13, Judge Gonzalez showed us the case she had at the checkpoint and the handgun that was in one of the pockets.

According to the police report, the handgun was "chambered with five bullets in the magazine."

“I had a flight scheduled to go out to Miami, I had to make sure I caught the flight and it was a complete oversight on my part and I hope it serves as a lesson for people that carry to be that much more diligent in going through their things before they board a plane," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez says police allowed her wife to come pick up the gun. A San Antonio Police spokesperson said in an email that is the usual procedure.

Gonzalez was asked if she could face further repercussions.

“I think I could. I believe that the incident report has been forwarded to the district attorney's office. I was told by the officer that TSA may follow through with a fine of some sort," Gonzalez said.

The judge, who is running for a second term in November, says she carries a gun because her court handles volatile domestic violence cases.

“I did start getting threats by email, social media and letters, and so I decided to get the firearm that I bought, which is a small thirty-eight."

The New York Times reports so far this year 4,600 guns have been discovered at airport checkpoints nationwide, and 87 percent of them were loaded. TSA can fine a person up to $14,000.

Bexar Judge Rosie Gonzalez caught with loaded gun at San Antonio airport
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