Well, his publicist at the time swore up and down that the gun, was in fact a prop, and was hollowed out, couldn't be fired and was used in Jerry's stage act.
Well, Jerry must not pay attention because he told Entertainment Tonight, "Oh, I had a gun in my carrying case, which was given to me by a marvelous, marvelous engraver. Last year, at the telethon of '07, he presented me with this gorgeous gift. He presented it to me in the telethon office in '07. I put it in that traveling case, and I hadn't traveled since that telethon 'til that day."
Uh oh. You can hear the gurgling sound of the publicist when they see that going out on the air. A nice ten second break, and then the ringing of the telephone wanting a clarification. A quick swig of Pepto, a curse at clients in general, a smile, and picking up the call to say this.
"There was a prop gun in Lewis' baggage besides the handgun that was given to Lewis as a gift. I did not previously know about the gift and did not know which gun, the gift or the prop, police confiscated."
At which point someone called the police who said, "if it was a prop, then it wouldn't be a weapon, now would it?"
I'm just waiting for Jerry to give another interview to talk about the grenade launcher that he had in the bag as well. The publicist would say something like, "oh sure, I knew about the grenade launcher. Jerry has had that forever. The reason I didn't mention it previously was that it isn't a gun and you had asked me about a gun."