The owner of a Myrtle Beach area car dealership was charged Wednesday with having a loaded gun in his bag at the airport, according to a police report.
Gary Lynn Hadwin, 54, of Myrtle Beach was charged with carrying or displaying firearms while in a public building or adjacent area Wednesday, Horry County police Sgt. Robert Kegler said.
Hadwin was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 7:12 p.m. Tuesday and released at 10:19 a.m. Wednesday on $2,000 bail.
It was unclear Wednesday if Hadwin, who owns Hadwin-White Buick GMC Subaru, had obtained an attorney to represent him.
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According to the dealership’s website, Hadwin started the business in 1986 after moving to the area from North Carolina.
Hadwin was in police custody since a TSA screener alerted Horry County police officers about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday that the gun was found in a carry-on bag at the screening checkpoint inside the Myrtle Beach International Airport, according to the report. Hadwin was going through the checkpoint to board a Delta flight, but the report did not list which flight.
The screener told police he discovered the .32-caliber loaded gun inside the carry-on bag as it was screened, according to the report.
An Horry County police officer removed the gun from the bag, unloaded it and also found six additional bullets in a separate vial inside the bag.
Hadwin told police he was in a rush to make his flight and forgot that the gun was in the bag, according to the report. Police noted in the report that Hadwin has a state-issued concealed weapons permit, but that he is prohibited from carrying a firearm into an airport and to the TSA screening checkpoint.
Police seized the gun.