Assemblyman Tim Donnelly has been charged with two misdemeanors for bringing a briefcase containing a loaded .45-caliber firearm into Ontario International Airport last month.
The 45-year-old Twin Peaks Republican was charged Friday with illegal possession of a loaded firearm and possession of a prohibited item in a sterile area.
The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office announced the filing of charges nearly eight weeks after Donnelly’s Colt Mark IV was discovered by security screeners as he prepared to board a flight to Sacramento for the Assembly’s first session of the year.
Donnelly will remain eligible to serve in the Assembly, regardless whether he is convicted of the misdemeanor offenses. Assembly rules cut off pay for members only if they are convicted of a felony.
The second-year lawmaker, who was cited and released at the airport Jan. 4, characterized the incident as an “unfortunate mistake” in which he forgot that he had placed the weapon in his briefcase days prior.
Hard to believe, that Donnelly did not know that the gun was in his briefcase.
In any case, there will be a plea deal, a fine paid and some probation = end of story.