Crime

October 10, 2012

Myrtle Beach businessman jailed after loaded gun found in his carry-on bag at airport

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.

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.

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.

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