DENVER (CBS4) – Republican State Rep. Lori Saine did not answer questions as she left the Denver Detention Center late Wednesday night following her arrest at Denver International Airport.

Lori Saine (credit: CBS)

Her attorney says Saine often carries a firearm, but did not know she had a handgun in her bag when she went to the airport on Tuesday.

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“She forgot about it. She forgot it was in the purse that she was using when she was headed out of town,” her attorney Randy Corporon said.

Lori Saine (credit: Denver Police)

Corporon says Saine carries a gun because she feels threatened.

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“She has a concealed carry permit. She has received threatening emails, but that’s pretty common for legislators,” Corporon said.

Her attorney did not say if Saine has reported any threats to law enforcement.

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Saine is an ardent supporter of gun rights. Twice she has supported legislation that would allow teachers to carry concealed weapons in school. Those bills failed.