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Republican State Sen. Brad Zaun, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, accidentally left his firearm inside his bag at the Des Moines Airport on Friday.

Zaun released a statement late on Friday night:

“As you might know, I’m a proud gun owner, and I am grateful for the Second Amendment, which gives me the right to keep and bear arms. Today I accidentally left my firearm inside a bag that was coming with me to the airport. It was an innocent mistake, and the TSA officials who scanned my bag understood it as such. They, local law enforcement handled the firearm appropriately, and I later took my flight as planned. I appreciate their professionalism, especially at a difficult time for airports throughout the country.”