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Petey Pablo -- The Gun In My Bag Wasn't Mine!

9/14/2010 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Petey Pablo -- the platinum rapper who allegedly tried to smuggle a gun into an airport on 9/11 -- claims there's actually a heroic reason why the pistol turned up in his luggage.

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As we previously reported, Pablo -- real name Moses Barrett III -- was arrested on Saturday at RDU Airport in North Carolina after a TSA officer found a Smith & Wesson pistol in his carry-on.

But Petey's rep tells us the rapper can explain -- claiming the gun actually belongs to one of his friends. And last month, Petey learned that said friend planned to use the pistol to "do something crazy" ... so Petey stepped in and literally took the weapon away.

The rep tells us Petey stashed the gun in a luggage bag so his friend wouldn't find it -- and when he was asked to hop on a last-minute flight to L.A., he grabbed the loaded bag without thinking.

Petey was arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm.  He's due back in Wake County Court October 4.

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awards    

Was that gun the one in Paris's purse?

1477 days ago
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Total Moron Zone    

Must be tough, not having any brains.

1477 days ago
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lalalalala    

haha good one paris! i mean petey!

1477 days ago
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Phreaky    

If only someone cared.

1477 days ago
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MikeD    

Yeah right ! I have an old Bridge to sell you petey. LIAR

1477 days ago
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Jim    

Give him life. He`s too stupid to be out on the streets.

1477 days ago
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Carvey    

The black kid did it... oh wait, that doesn't work in this situation.

1477 days ago
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bebefj123    

He looks like how you doing Twaun, 2 snaps up. He probably did it for publicity. You have got to be really dumb to take a weapon anywhere near an airport. He could have buried the gun from his friend and will the friend surface? Doubt it.

1477 days ago
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Guest    

Okay! You are at the airport on 9/11/10 about to go on your journey, and you was caught with a gun smuggled in one of your luggage? On 9/11? What is wrong with you?!

1477 days ago
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Ginger    

He thought it was gum, right?

1477 days ago
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FlamingoNut    

Who doesn't go thru a bag when packing for a trip, last minute or not? This rocket scientist is playing the law for a fool; throw the book at him...

1477 days ago
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Rastus    

Oh...his friend was gonna do something crazy with it huh? Carrying it onto and airplane makes perfect sense though right?

1477 days ago
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Steelers suck    

Damn, Ginger, beat me to the best comment!!! LOL

1477 days ago
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Feisty    

Is it just me or does this guy look like Will Smith

1477 days ago
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njneere    

Another Lying wannabe thug. GO TO JAIL do not pass go and drop out of sight you stink anyway.

1477 days ago
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