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Man forgot he had gun, lawyer says

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January 8, 2008

A Norwell man heading to Florida was arrested by State Police at Logan International Airport Sunday evening carrying a loaded 9mm Glock pistol, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

The weapon was discovered by TSA workers as the man tried to make his way to the JetBlue gates for a flight to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., about 5 p.m., said Ann Davis, a TSA spokeswoman. She said the weapon was found in the man's carry-on luggage by TSA screeners. He was traveling alone.

"In today's security environment, it is beyond stupid to think that you can pass through a security checkpoint with a loaded gun," she said. State Police identified the man as Louis Tasiopoulos, 46. Police said he was charged only with carrying a concealed weapon into a secured area.

His lawyer, Anthony J. Rossi, said yesterday that Tasiopoulos had hastily packed for the trip and forgot he had the gun in his briefcase. "This is somebody trying to get on a plane in a hurry, and he totally forgot about it," Rossi said.

Rossi said his client is licensed to carry a firearm and routinely carries it with him. He said that Tasiopoulos is a businessman with investments in several Boston bars and restaurants and that he has no prior criminal record. "He never intended to bring the gun on the plane," Rossi said. Tasiopoulos is scheduled to be arraigned today in East Boston Municipal Court.

JOHN R. ELLEMENT

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