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Farina Busted

Is That a Gun

in Your Pocket...

5/11/2008 2:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

051108_dennis_wire_tmz-1Sources tell TMZ actor Dennis Farina was arrested at LAX this morning after trying to get through security with a loaded gun.

It happened at around 8 AM. Farina was flying out when he was nabbed at the security checkpoint. Sources say he told cops he had forgotten that the gun was in his carry-on luggage. It was a .22 caliber, semi-automatic pistol.

Farina was taken to LAPD's Pacific Division. He was booked on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon.

Farina, 64, is in the movie, "What Happens in Vegas..."

UPDATE: Farina told cops he had the gun in his briefcase when he drove from Arizona to L.A. and forgot it was there. He was taking a flight from LAX to his home in Chicago. Farina was apologetic and cooperative with cops, telling them he was a retired Chicago Cop with 19 years on the job. But he had no apparent authority to carry a loaded pistol at the time of his arrest.

We're told the FBI interviewed Farina but declined prosecution because the locals were handling it.

Farina was booked for carrying a loaded firearm in a public place, a misdemeanor. His bail is set at $25,000. He's still in custody.

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carriegirl    

Didn't think it was possible, but Dennis Farina is even MORE attractive to me than he already was now that I know he carries a gun! More than a fine actor, this man seems like the real deal - one of the few men (like Tom Selleck, Kelsey Grammer, etc.) who represent (on and off screen) the strong, masculine, politically incorrect, etc. style we rarely see anymore in Hollyweird. He is good in everything he does - I especially loved him on Law & Order and really miss him on that show. I couldn't believe it when I saw on TMZ how he was arrested for what was obviously an innocent mistake - ridiculous! You know, maybe if we were to solve the problem of the REAL criminals who have been allowed to take over this society, decent people like Mr. Farina wouldn't have to carry a gun in the first place.

2296 days ago
2.

J    

Pretty stupid, for an ex-cop.

Sorry- no mercy here, especially as the gun was loaded;

Who was the contract against, Dennis? Loaded .22 is a hitter's gun....

2301 days ago
3.

wayne dh    

WHO CARES!!!!! WHO CARES ABOUT DENNIS FARINA WHEN BRITNEY AND LINDSEY AND PARIS AND NICK HOGAN ARE HAVING PROBLEMS. SHANA SANDS IS FAT.

2301 days ago
4.

Shea    

This proves the notion that all actors are STUPID.

2301 days ago
5.

Al Baby    

22 23 what ever

2301 days ago
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Felon's Mama    

I agree- pretty damned stupid. Betcha he won't be forgetting what is in his suitcase for a while to come. And Wayne? What in the hell do Britney, Lindsey and Paris have to do with Dennis Farina getting busted at LAX? And if you think Shana Sands is fat, there are many eye doctors out there that can help correct your vision. As for the way that you think? There is a little pill called Prozac...

2301 days ago
7.

Lanie    

WTH is wrong with people? This is not the first time a celebrity has went through security with a gun in their luggage. It's happened a few other times. While I am mindful that I don't forget to put some liquids in a ziplock bag and take them out of my luggage -- there are people who actually "forget" they have a loaded gun on their person?

Are actors incredibly STUPID or do they think they can get away with things that us normal civilians can't?

What an idiot!

2301 days ago
8.

who dat    

what do you have there? A wap 9, You must be a quick draw artists the way your gun is tucked in your belt. Don't pass out on me, bro.

2301 days ago
9.

eb    

Saw What Happens in Vegas yesterday. Movie was okay bet part though was during the credits.. Farina wasn't very funny though - problem was the lines they gave him. Pretty lame in the weekend retreat scenes.

Maybe he has reason to have to carry but just glad they caught it at airport security. At least that worked this time.

2301 days ago
10.

Just call me trailer trash....    

i think playing a mobster and a cop in movies went to his head....hey dude you're an actor!

2301 days ago
11.

Twinker    

I miss the good ol days when anybody could pack loaded pistols, sawed off rifles, switchblades, kerosene, ice picks and cigarette lighters and nobody cared. That's when you had no problem boarding your flight and the plane was never late.

2301 days ago
12.

raven    

what an idiot .... when will stars stop thinking that they are above the law?

get real ...

2301 days ago
13.

AL GOREs VAGINA    

Dennis Farina is a retired Chicago P.D. Det...and so he CAN carry a concealed weapon ALMOST anywhere...BUT not on to a commercial airliner.

BUT, GIVE HIM A BREAK ! .....I HOPE YOU ALWAYS REMEMBER EVERYTHING AT 64 !!!!!

The same people who are upset here... probably have their DOPE put somewhere they cannot remember !

2301 days ago
14.

janicka    

tmz sucks, perez rox!

2301 days ago
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raybones3    

Know the guy personally, I'm sure it was an oversight- you never hear anything negative about him so let's cut him a break
I think some of you need to get out and get a job there's more to life than reading about celebrities all the time you losers

2301 days ago
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