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T-Pain Says He’s Not an ‘Ignorant Thug with a Gun’ After Being Stopped at Atlanta Airport

T-Pain shared a video on his Instagram setting the record straight about his gun-related incident at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. The singer-rapper was detained after he tried to carry a gun through the security checkpoint.

T-Pain, born Faheem Rashad Najm, explained in the video that the gun found in his body guard’s bag by the airport’s TSA was a mistake. He said in the video, “I got a bunch of strangers in my house… my security picks my sh*t [jewelry and guns] up to make sure nothing gets taken.. and puts it in his bag. We forgot it was in his bag, we get to the airport and that’s what happened.’


2015 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA’s) at the Microsoft Theater – Arrivals
Featuring: T-Pain
Where: Los Angeles, California, United States
When: 30 Aug 2015
Credit: Brian To/

In the singer’s caption, he said, “What they’re NOT talking about is how I didn’t leave my Security stuck there with MY gun when most artist would’ve ran off from fear of the press *cough cough* it was an honest mistake.”

Najm continued to explain that he faced no gun possession charges. “NO CHARGES. NO ARRESTS. All my guns are legal, registered to me under my license to carry and out of the reach of my children because I’m not a dumbass. Atlanta PD unloaded the rounds and handed it right back to me, I sent it home and caught the next flight out.”

TMZ reported that the “Up Down” singer and his bodyguard were indeed stopped in the Atlanta airport for possession of a firearm in carry-on luggage. The two were escorted to the Atlanta Police airport precinct, and they found T-Pain to be the rightful owner of the weapon.

The gun was returned to the singer-songwriter and no charges were filed.  Georgia state law states owners with concealed carry licenses will not be arrested at the security checkpoint if caught with a gun, however, no one can go through security and board a flight with a gun.


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