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Why T.I.'s stepdaughter brought a gun to the airport

T.I.’s stepdaughter was arrested June 17 after authorities said she tried to carry a gun through security at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport . Now Zonnique Pullins, 20, is explaining what happened.

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"I was running really late to the airport, so I was throwing a lot of stuff into my purse so I could get there and the gun is really small and it was in the bottom of my purse," she said during an interview with toofab. "I just forgot it was in there. I couldn't see it, so when I went through security check, they pretty much found it."

She told TSA agents they could have the 380 Ruger semi-automatic pistol and toss it but she wound up booked into the Clayton County jail instead, her hardware booked into evidence at the Atlanta Police Department. She told agents she had a weapons permit but could not produce it, an Atlanta police report said.

Her mom, T.I.'s wife Tameka "Tiny" Harris, told toofab she purchased the weapon for her daughter as protection.

"She's staying on her own now, she's older and we're not around her as much," Tiny said. "I don't really know all of her whereabouts all the time. I felt like she needed something, especially for the house. Somebody break in or whatever, she has some kind of protection."

Zonnique faces weapons charges.


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