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Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) dismissed concerns about his failure to register a handgun he purchased. Above, Donnelly at a gun range in Santa Cruz County this month. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times / February 6, 2014)

By Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason
February 27, 2014, 1:54 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a Republican candidate for governor, was back on the radio Wednesday to talk about firearms, this time fielding questions about his failure to register a handgun he illegally took to an airport in 2012.

“I just never got around to it,” he told talk-show hosts John and Ken on Burbank-based KFI-AM.

Donnelly said he purchased the handgun when he was heading to the Mexican border to patrol with the Minutemen.

“Sometimes when you buy a gun from a private party, you don’t realize that they might not have registered it and done all the paperwork,” Donnelly said.

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