Rick Derringer Charged With Gun Possession in Airport

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Perhaps because his last name is synonymous with that of a famous pistol, it seems rocker Rick Derringer was under the impression that he had the right to take a loaded gun onto airplanes. The one-time member of the McCoys (“Hang on Sloopy”) and 69-year-old guitarist/vocalist behind the classic “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo” was detained on Jan. 9 after packing heat in his carry-on bag during a Delta Airlines flight from Cancun, Mexico to Atlanta. Derringer was stopped when the plane landed and charged with possessing the weapon in a secure area of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

According to various news reports, Derringer told federal air marshals that he flies as much as 50 times a year and had never had a problem with keeping a gun in his carry-on.

“Derringer explained that he was aware that his pistol was in his carry-on bag but he thought that it was acceptable to carry a pistol on an airplane,” according to the criminal complaint filed this week in U.S. District Court in Atlanta.

According to a report in Billboard, “Manager Kenn Moutenot said Derringer thought he was permitted to have the gun because he has a license to carry one and that he will work with the government to clear his name.”

Related: Rick Derringer born, 1947

Airline passengers, according to an article in the Seattle Times, “are allowed to bring guns as checked baggage only. Unloaded firearms must be in locked, hard-sided containers that are declared to the airline when checked, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Ammunition also is prohibited in carry-on bags.”

The newspaper reported that Derringer possessed a Kel-Tec pistol loaded with six rounds of ammunition, and that it was “found during a search of Derringer’s bag after his flight had landed in Atlanta … Since he had arrived on an international flight, he was being rechecked by security to continue on to Sarasota, Fla., when the weapon was found.” He also packed six more rounds in a separate ammunition clip.

The Seattle article continued: “Derringer has a Florida pistol permit that’s valid through 2020, court records indicate. But numerous signs in the Atlanta airport warn passengers that they are not allowed to carry guns on airplanes … Derringer had been processed through Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport on Jan. 5 and then flew to Atlanta and on to Cancún.”

The piece noted that the screener who missed the loaded gun in Derringer’s carry-on has since been terminated.

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Rick Derringer Tour Dates

  1. FLORIDA MUSIC AWARDS HALL OF FAME SHOW @ Bergeron Arena – Bergeron Rodeo Grounds
    Davie, FL US
  2. Mar 14 7:30pm
    Capitol Theatre
    Clearwater, FL US
  3. Mar 15 8:00pm
    The Plaza Theatre
    Orlando, FL US
  4. Mar 25 7:30pm
    Uptown Art Expo
    Altamonte Springs, FL US
  5. Mar 31 8:00pm
    The Suffolk Theater
    Riverhead, NY US
  6. Apr 20 7:30pm
    The Sapphire Room
    Garden City, ID US
  7. Apr 21 9:00pm
    The Sapphire Room
    Garden City, ID US
  8. May 05 6:30pm
    Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts
    Sheboygan, WI US
  9. May 19 8:00pm
    The Wildey Theater
    Edwardsville, IL US
  10. May 20 8:00pm
    Cannery Casino and Hotel
    North Las Vegas, NV US
  11. May 25 9:00pm
    Tobin Center For The Performing Arts
    San Antonio, TX US
  12. May 26 9:00pm
    Dosey Doe – The Big Barn
    Spring, TX US
  13. Jun 11 6:30pm
    SAINT GEORGES BLUES FEST – Commodore Center Grounds
    Saint Georges, DE US
  14. Sep 09 5:00pm
    Union City Arts Festival
    Union City, OH US
  15. Nov 03 8:00pm
    Moe’s Alley
    Santa Cruz, CA US

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