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Local doctor arrested after gun found in carry-on bag at Myrtle Beach International Airport

A local doctor was charged Wednesday after Myrtle Beach airport screeners discovered a loaded handgun in his carry-on bag, according to an Horry County police report.

Steven Kelly White, 60, of Myrtle Beach was charged with penalties, violations concerning regulation of pistols and booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 9:18 p.m. Wednesday, according to jail records. White was released at 9:59 a.m. Thursday on $1,000 bail.

White is president and CEO of Carolina Coastal Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa, according to online records.

In the report, an Horry County officer was called by TSA screeners to an x-ray machine at Myrtle Beach International Airport where the worker discovered a loaded derringer-style handgun in a bag. A case knife, which was taken from a separate carry-on bag, was also seized during the incident.

The gun was loaded with a .45-caliber round and a .410-gauge slug shotgun shell, according to the report. The gun, ammunition and the knife were seized as evidence by police.

Officers noted that when asked in the TSA checkpoint if White had a gun in the bag, he initially told the officer no, but then said, “I may have forgotten and left my derringer in the bag,” according to the report. White does have a valid concealed weapons permit in South Carolina that was issued on Sept. 17, 2012.

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