ORLANDO, Fla. (CBS Tampa) - Playboy’s Miss July 2010 has to be used to intense photo shoots by now, but Monday’s unexpected pictures were a little different: Mugshots.
Shanna Marie McLaughlin, 26, was arrested at Orlando International Airport when a loaded handgun was found in her carry-on luggage.
McLaughlin was charged with carrying a firearm in a place prohibited by law, a misdemeanor. Authorities were flagged when a Transportation Security Administration screener spotted something unusual during a routine security X-ray scan. According to the affidavit, a Ruger SAA .45 Long Colt handgun loaded with hollow point bullets was found in her carry-on duffle bag.
According to news site ClickOrlando.com, McLaughlin, a former University of Central Florida graduate student turned Playboy model, was released on $250 bond. Although the Playmate reportedly has a concealed weapons permit, loaded guns are prohibited from all US flights.
Violating TSA rules can result in criminal prosecution and civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation.
McLaughlin reportedly told police the gun belonged to her boyfriend and she didn’t know it was in her baggage.