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June 1, 2011

Oklahoma man arrested in O'Hare gun incident

Chicago, IL — A 44-year-old Fort Gibson, Oklahoma man was arrested and charged Tuesday for carrying a loaded handgun in his carry-on while going through security at O'Hare International Airport, officials said.

Christopher Baldridge was arrested early Tuesday morning when airport security spotted a loaded gun inside his backpack, police said.

He was charged with boarding an aircraft with a weapon, a felony.

A published report said Baldridge told authorities it was his first visit to Chicago and that he foolishly brought along the gun for protection.

Baldridge appeared in bond court Tuesday, said Police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines.  A judge set his bond at $25,000.  His next court hearing is set for June 6, 2011.  He remains in jail.

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