Former UNC board chair Fennebresque says he ‘unwittingly missed’ gun in briefcase before airport arrest

John Fennebresque

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WNCN) – Former UNC Board of Governors chairman John Fennebresque is now explaining what led to his arrest Thursday morning in Charlotte.

WSOC in Charlotte reported that Fennebresque was arrested at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport after he was found with a gun in his bag.

In a statement sent to WNCN, Fennebresque admitted to bringing a gun to the airport, but said he didn’t mean to.

“I took my wife and three adult children to a gun range Sunday for private classes necessary for them to obtain concealed weapons permits. Because I have a concealed carry permit, I brought four handguns in my briefcase for them to use at the range. I removed the guns from the briefcase and put them back in my gun safe when I returned home, but unwittingly missed one. Authorities at the Charlotte airport discovered the in my briefcase as I prepared to go on vacation with my wife. This is an embarrassing mistake and I alone am to blame for it.”

John Fennebresque

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrested Fennebresque Thursday around 10 a.m. and charged him with misdemeanor possession of a firearm on city property.

Fennebresque was given a $500 unsecured bond.

Fennebresque, who led the ouster of UNC system president Tom Ross and the hiring of Margaret Spellings, resigned from his position on the UNC Board of Governors in October 2015. Fennebresque was best remembered for an awkward and contentious news conference in which he refused to say why he had pushed Ross out.

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