Man charged for trying to take gun on plane at Casper airport

Says he inadvertently left it in bag
 BY LILLIAN SCHROCK STAR­TRIBUNE  STAFF WRITER
Natrona County authorities charged a Douglas man with possessing a concealed weapon Tuesday after he tried to go through airport security with a handgun in his backpack.

Philip Benford was preparing to board a flight to Houston, Texas, at the Casper/Natrona County International Airport at 5 a.m. when a TSA agent saw what appeared to be a firearm during an X­ray of Benford’s bag.

The agent opened the bag and found a Bersa Thunder 380 semi­automatic handgun.
Benford said the gun belonged to him and that he had forgotten the weapon was in his
backpack. He was taken to the Natrona County Detention Center.
Benford pleaded guilty to the charge during his initial hearing in Natrona County Circuit Court on Tuesday afternoon. His bond was set at $500, and his case is set for sentencing.
Possessing a concealed weapon carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and/or a $750 fine

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