Update: AI’s Vonzell Solomon Says Gun Was An ‘Honest Mistake’

Vonzell Solomon is calling the incident at Southwest Florida International Airport last week an “honest mistake” according to a statement released by her management Tuesday. As previously reported on Singersroom, Solomon, a 2005 season American Idol finalist was detained after a handgun was found in a carry on bag as the singer attempted to board a flight. “I in no way intended to enter the plane with a firearm,” the statement reads. “I was rushing to make a scheduled flight and simply did not realize it was in my handbag until I went through security.” According to Naples Daily New, Solomon has a Florida concealed weapons permit, but like any permit holder was still required to declare the handgun at the airline counter before entering the security checkpoint. According to the police report, at 12:30 p.m. on June 10, security screeners at an X-ray machine spotted the gun, an unloaded Glock 19, in a small purse inside a larger canvas carry-on bag belonging to Solomon. Solomon “was very apologetic” and told officers she always carried a gun when she traveled. Officers briefly detained Solomon, photographed and fingerprinted her, before ultimately giving her a notice to appear in court. Tuesday’s statement said the singer was charged with a misdemeanor and resumed her travel schedule.


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