Tim Donnelly Vs. Rappers: The Different Ways That Airport Security Handles Guys With Guns

Rapper Mickey Wright Jr. -- better known as Memphitz -- was arrested on Aug. 22, 2011, at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, after TSA agents found a loaded .40-caliber pistol

in his carry-on bag. Wright, who had a valid concealed weapons permit, spent the night in jail and made a court appearance in shackles and an orange jumpsuit. The judge released him on $5,000 bail.

Wright's defense:

"I just forgot that it was in my backpack."

Rapper Jasiel Robinson, a.k.a. Yung Joc, was arrested Dec. 23, 2007 at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, after trying to take a loaded gun onto a flight. The Atlanta-based rapper was released on $50,000 bail after spending a night behind bars.

Yung Joc's defense: Didn't know it was there.

Tim Donnelly, who does not have a rap name, used a combination of the above defenses when he was nabbed at Ontario International Airport. He said he forgot the gun was in his briefcase, and he thought the extra weight was a laptop.

So why were the rappers arrested, while Donnelly was let go?

Airport security officers say they have some discretion over whether to make an arrest in these situations. As one Sheriff's deputy told the Sacramento Bee: "There's some wiggle room there."

Somehow that wiggle room seems to work in favor of state lawmakers, and against guys with names like Memphitz.


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