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Rick Derringer found with loaded gun on Delta flight

Rock guitarist Rick Derringer, 69, told a federal air marshal that he keeps his gun with him on commercial airline flights 30 to 50 times a year, and was only detained last month at Atlanta’s airport near the end of a trip to Mexico, authoritie­s said.

Found with a loaded gun in his carry-on bag after stepping off a Delta Air Lines flight from Cancun, Mexico, he now faces a criminal charge in Atlanta, court records show.

“Derringer explained that he was aware that his pistol was in his carry-on bag but he thought that it was acceptable to carry a pistol on an airplane,” according to the complaint filed this week in U.S. District Court in Atlanta.

Derringer, whose music topped the charts in the 1960s and has been used in pro wrestling more recently, was charged with unlawfully entering the Atlanta airport’s secure area Jan. 9. Air

Tom Petty, Heartbreak­ers reunite for Grammy honor

Tom Petty got his band the Heartbreak­ers back together for a highclass gig to launch Grammy weekend.

Foo Fighters, Don Henley, Norah Jones, Gary Clark Jr., Jackson Browne, the Head and the Heart, and George Strait were among those honoring the 66-year-old singer-songwriter as MusiCares Person of the Year on Friday night in Los Angeles.

Petty was toasted for his musical achievemen­ts and philanthro­pic work two days before the Grammy Awards.

After watching from backstage as other artists performed his music, Petty strapped on a guitar for “Waiting for Tonight” with the Bangles as his backup singers.

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