Rick Derringer, the renowned rock guitarist, has pleaded guilty and has agreed to pay a penalty of $1000 on February 24, 2017, after he stepped out with a loaded handgun at the Atlanta airport.

The gun was discovered from his carry bag on a Delta AirLines flight from Mexico to Atlanta on January 17, 2017.

Rick often flies with a gun

After the incident, Rick told the airport officials that he used to carry a gun whenever he travels (40-50 times a year), and this is for the first time that he is facing trouble associated with this. The guitarist also explained that he had a pistol permit, and he added that he was not aware of the fact that a loaded gun cannot be carried during flying.

After pleading guilty, Rick's manager Kenn Moutenot said that this was a human mistake which happened from his boss. Moutenot said Friday; "It was just a mistake, a simple human mistake, nothing like it will happen again, "not even a water pistol." Derringer's plea involved just one charge; Carrying a Kel-Tec pistol on a flight journey, that too in a secure area of Atlanta's airport.

Is Derringer's case an eye opener for airport security personals?

Some U.S. Congress members in 2015 told that guns, fake weapons, and explosives usually went unnoticed in 67 out of 70 times at the TSA checkpoints in airports. In general cases, passengers are allowed to carry their pistols only as checked baggage.

The firearms which are unloaded should be locked in hard-sided containers. Even though passengers can carry guns during the time of travel, it is prohibited to carry ammunitions.

Rick Derringer is widely considered as one of the iconic faces in the world of music.

The 69-year-old guitarist is also a noted writer-producer and has played a vital role in shaping the careers of artists like Steely Dan and Cyndi Lauper. The legendary performer is now busy working on the remake of his 1980's hit "Real American." The song was a rage upon its release, and it has been used as the theme music for wrestler Hulk Hogan.