Actor Mike Epps apologizes after TSA seizes gun at airport

Streaming HUBMarch 9, 2023

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Actor and comedian Mike Epps has apologized to fans after security screeners at Indianapolis International Airport found a gun in a carry-on bag.

Agents of the Transportation Security Administration called airport police Sunday morning after Epps’ backpack was found to be loaded with four rounds of a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber pistol.

Epps, an Indianapolis native who was in town for a comedy show at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, was not arrested, but police did take a firearm.

In a video posted to his Instagram account, Epps told fans he “had a long night” in his hometown and forgot about the firearm. He said he carries a gun for protection.

“Shout out to all my fans and want to apologize if you are seeing any negativity about the gun charge at the airport. I had a long night, a show in my hometown and I literally forgot my bags I had my pistol in me,” Epps said in the video.

“Now if you want to know why I carry a gun, I have money with me at all times, I have jewelry, and these guys are out here robbing people.

“So I want to make sure I’m clear that I’m not doing anything wrong here, but I do carry a gun on me because I have to protect myself. Sometimes I’m not with my own safety. So just wanted to let you all know I’m still on some positive vibes. And sorry this happened. All I can tell you is the world is crazy. Stay tuned.

No charges have been filed against EPS.

Epps has starred in films including “The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2,” “Next Friday” and “Friday After Next.” He appears in the upcoming Marvel film “Madame Web” starring Dakota Johnson, and the Apple TV+ series “Lady in the Lake” starring Natalie Portman.

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