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Robert Guerrero: .40 caliber handgun was for photo op

Robert Guerrero says that the gun that sparked his arrested at JFK airport was brought on his trip for a photo op.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Robert Guerrero was arrested at JFK airport earlier for carrying a .40 caliber handgun, and the spin now from his camp is that he had it with him -- without ammo, and unloaded, to be fair -- for a photo op.

Robert Joseph Guerrero, the interim WBC welterweight champ, was arrested with an unloaded .40-cal Smith & Wesson semi-automatic on his way to a the 8:10 a.m. Delta flight 1429, according to reports. The boxer had no ammo with him.

Guerrero arrived in New York on Monday and said the "media knows he is a hunter and requested he bring the weapon for a photo op."

Something like this was expected, though it doesn't take a genius to point out that .40 caliber handguns aren't often used for hunting, and that if they really needed to do some photo op about how he's a hunter, which would be fine, sure, then CBS or Showtime or someone probably could have gotten him something for a photo op in New York, that he wouldn't be carrying on an airplane, or whatever.

So, sure, it could be a total boner, an absolute goof, but it seems just plain dumb if that's the case. I don't think Robert Guerrero has suddenly been revealed as a menace II society by any means, but no matter how you slice it, this wasn't smart.

The gun is registered in California, but New York has very tough gun laws, so this could wind up being a pretty big deal. For now, the May 4 fight with Floyd Mayweather is still on, and given that Floyd got himself into the ring last year while he was supposed to be in prison, chances are that the fight is still good to go, and something will be worked out.

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