Bank Exec Charged with Trying to Bring Gun on Plane

A prominent businessman was criminally charged with interfering with security procedures and violating security regulations at the Baltimore-Washington International airport after he was found to be carrying a loaded handgun.

Edwin F. Hale Sr. is chairman and CEO of First Mariner Bancorp as well as the owner of the Baltimore Blast indoor soccer team and chair of the Baltimore Convention and Tourism Board, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Maryland Transportation Authority Police Chief Marcus L. Brown said in an interview with the paper that Hale faces up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine if he's convicted.

The gun was discovered by Transportation Security Administration officials last Friday at an airport security checkpoint. Hale said in an interview that he had a carry permit for the gun, which he said he forgot was in his briefcase.

Hale was not arrested at the time, but police seized the .38-caliber handgun. Officers issued a summons instead of arresting Hale because "he has a valid permit and there was no reason to believe he was there to cause any threats at the airport," said Brown.

He added that it is legal for a person with a carry permit to enter Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport with a loaded gun. "The violation occurs when you enter the checkpoint," the chief said.

Photo, James G. Howes, Wikimedia Commons

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