Jerry Lewis

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Perhaps Jerry Lewis was on his way to Dennis Farina's house.

The original Nutty Professor was briefly detained Friday at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport after trying to board a flight to Detroit with an unloaded gun in his carry-on luggage.

Police confiscated the .22-caliber Beretta, and Lewis was cited for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.

Like Farina, who recently pleaded no contest to trying to fly with a loaded gun that he supposedly forgot was in his briefcase, Lewis' camp maintains that the 82-year-old comedian didn't know he was packing heat.

And, according to his manager, the so-called weapon was actually a hollowed-out prop gun that wasn't capable of firing.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police spokesman Officer Bill Cassell said, however, if it had really been a shell of a gun, "it wouldn't be a weapon, and we couldn't cite him for carrying a weapon."

All of which apparently went down in a timely fashion—after Lewis was cited, he was allowed to board his Northwest Airlines flight.

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