Van Orden Fined For Having Loaded Gun

A Republican candidate for Congress has been fined for having a loaded handgun at a TSA checkpoint.

The Journal Sentinel reports that Derrick Van Orden, running to fill the seat being vacated by Democratic congressman Ron Kind, was cited in August for having a loaded handgun in his bag at the security checkpoint at the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, airport.

According to court records, Van Orden entered a guilty plea in December, was ordered him to pay 360 dollars and show he had taken a firearms safety course. According to his campaign, Van Orden was additionally fined by the Transportation Security Administration, which typically charges 41-hundred dollars for first offenses.