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Chatfield pays $1,960 fine for gun at airport

Michigan’s House speaker has paid another fine for bringing an unregistered gun to the Pellston Regional Airport. 

Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) paid the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) $1,960 last week. The maximum fine for that infraction was nearly $10,000.

Chatfield paid a smaller fine in Emmet County last fall for the same incident. The Michigan lawmaker has said he made an “inexcusable mistake.”

"This was a mistake, and it's something that he’s learned from," Chatfield's spokesperson Gideon D'Assandro said. "It’s not a good situation ... but it underscores how serious these [gun] rights are and how much responsibilty people should take." 


Morgan Springer is a contributing editor and producer at Interlochen Public Radio. She previously worked for the New England News Collaborative as the host/producer of NEXT, the weekly show which aired on six public radio station in the region.