|Missouri prosecutor can't pursue gun case against Bill Maas due to state law|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 12 September 2007 09:04|
PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) -Former NFL player and Fox Sports broadcaster Bill Maas will not face state charges after a handgun was found in his bag at the Kansas City airport.|
Platte County prosecutor Eric Zahnd said Wednesday that his office cannot file charges against the former Chiefs' nose tackle.
``Missouri law currently makes it impossible to prosecute someone who tries to carry a gun on a plane unless that person was going to commit a crime,'' Zahnd said in a written statement.
Maas, 45, could still face a $10,000 fine from the Transportation Security Administration and municipal charges under a Kansas City ordinance.
Federal screeners at the Kansas City International Airport found a handgun in Maas' carry-on bag on Sept. 5. Maas has said he inadvertently brought the wrong bag.
In a separate case, Maas was charged Monday with drug possession and weapons charges stemming from a July roadside safety check in Illinois.
Zahnd said the law has forced him to drop ``dozens of other cases'' over the past several years.
Increased security at the Kansas City airport since 2001 has led to more recovered weapons, but ``relatively few state prosecutions,'' he said. Missouri law contains a provision dating to 1874 that allows people to carry concealed weapons if they are ``traveling in a continuous journey peaceably,'' he said.
Maas was drafted out of the University of Pittsburgh by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1984 and played with the Chiefs until 1992 and with the Green Bay Packers the following year.
He joined Fox in 1996 and worked for the network as a reporter, anchor and game analyst through last season.
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