An Oregon man came up with a cunning plan to hide his gun at Portland airport, so that he could get it on his return trip.

He was arrested after Transportation Security Administration employees saw him trying to hide his gun in a planter box.

69-year-old Soren Muir Johnson of Eagle Point was arrested for investigation of reckless endangering.

TSA employees say that he was told that he couldn’t carry his loaded weapon through a security checkpoint and that he should put it in his luggage instead.

They watched as he disregarded that advice and instead dropped the .22-caliber pistol in an airport planter box on June 24.

Port of Portland spokesman Steve Johnson said that police recovered the gun.

Police say that Johnson told them hat he hid the gun so he could retrieve it when he returned from his trip.

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