Issues related to guns have been haunting professional athletes more and more in recent years. The stories about NFL and NBA players, in particular, seem to dominate the headlines with dizzying regularity. Not to be outdone, a PGA Tour pro has taken it upon himself to reset the “days without a firearm arrest” for golfers. Kris Blanks was arrested on Sunday at the Palm Beach International Airport because he had a loaded .40 caliber Glock 27 in his carry-on bag. He was later released on $3,000 bond.
Blanks used the popular excuse that he forgot to take the gun out of his bag before he left for the airport. I know these guys travel regularly and have a lot of other things on their minds, but I just don’t see how there is any excuse for forgetting to take a loaded gun out of your bag. I can understand leaving dirty laundry, shampoo or even a pocket knife in there. But a loaded gun? Come on.
I’m certainly not saying that Blanks brought the gun to the airport with the intent of doing anything malicious, but I am saying that he’s an idiot. A cursory search of his bag before he left the house would have more than likely turned up the weapon and he could have avoided this entire situation. Whatever your stance on guns may be, the fact is that you can’t bring a loaded gun into an airport and it’s a pretty big deal if you do.
Blanks is a middling pro that has been on the circuit for eight years, having amassed just over $3 million in earnings. He has never won an event, but has recorded second place finishes on two occasions. He has played in one event this year and missed the cut.