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Matt Gaetz stopped at airport security for having a Taser, report says

Gaetz then threw away the weapon, according to a news report.
 
Matt Gaetz speaks to reporters as he leaves the U.S. Capitol after U.S. Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy was ousted form his position, Oct. 3, 2023, in Washington, DC.
Matt Gaetz speaks to reporters as he leaves the U.S. Capitol after U.S. Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy was ousted form his position, Oct. 3, 2023, in Washington, DC. [ DREW ANGERER | Getty Images North America ]
Published Feb. 9|Updated Feb. 9

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz was stopped by airport security in Dallas when it was discovered he had a Taser.

As he was headed to his flight, an agent with the Transportation Security Administration stopped Gaetz and made him throw away the weapon, according to the outlet Punchbowl News, which first reported the incident.

Gaetz told the outlet that he thanked the security agent.

His office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The episode marks the end of an active week for Gaetz. On Monday, Gaetz called for a resolution saying that former President Donald Trump did not engage in an insurrection against the United States.

On Wednesday, Politico reported that he is taking the unusual step of backing the challenger of one of his GOP foes in Congress.

And on Friday, the New York Times reported that the House Ethics Committee is looking into whether he had sex with an underage girl while serving in Congress.