Video: Terri Runnels speaks after arrest, issues statement

May 29, 2019 - by James Walsh

Terri Runnels has released a new video addressing her arrest in Tampa, Florida over carrying a loaded gun into Tampa International Airport. You can see the video below, in which Runnels echoes TMZ’s report that she had the gun because she had forgotten it her backpack and had it in there because she was helping her mother deal with armadillos and “other critters.”

“So evidently, it’s everywhere that I took a loaded handgun into the Tampa International Airport,” she says. “And I literally — when I go to see my mom, I pack my gun. Because she has armadillos that ruin her garden, and other critters that go after her chickens, and I usually take my gun when I go to see her. I was with her for about a week and a half, and helping her out. I got home and was literally — I think I got eight hours sleep in three days. And then I got up this morning, Wednesday the 29th to — I think it was 4 am when I got up — to make this early flight to go to Allentown for the show, for the benefit, for Sam. And literally it did not even cross my mind that my gun was in my Vera Bradley tote that I always take on the plane with me. And it was the most — God, I’ve never in trouble in my life, and it scared the hell out of me. It was a simple mistake that, dear God it was just horrible. If you’re a praying soul, pray, because it still scares me. And I don’t even know what to say because I’m going to start crying, so, I’m going to shut up. But I at least wanted you guys to know what mistake I had made and what happened. I think some places are reporting as if I had intended to do something terrible. I simply forgot that it was in that bag. So yeah. Thanks guys, love you. Ciao.”

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