Scotty McCreery has issued a statement explaining the misdemeanor citation he received for trying to bring a loaded handgun on an airplane last week.
"I have been a concealed carry permit holder for awhile now after being robbed at gunpoint in 2014, and I take gun safety very seriously," McCreery said in a statement to Us Weekly on Saturday.
"While in between tour dates last week, I went to go target shooting with a friend a few days before an early flight out of my hometown Raleigh-Durham airport. Unfortunately, I did not realize that I left my pistol in my backpack until the TSA found it during the security X-ray screening and rightly confiscated it."
McCreery said he had his permit with him at the time of the incident.
"Great to know our airport security force is on the job. I have learned a lesson that I won't forget."