By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love
To be clear, no one is asking to carry guns beyond the airport’s security checkpoint. That’s federal turf. But a Georgia group is suing for the right to carry in public areas of the terminal.
From The New York Times:
A Georgia gun rights group filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Atlanta on Tuesday after [Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport] officials said they would continue to enforce a ban on concealed weapons in the terminal despite the changes to the state law[, which relaxed the] prohibition on carrying weapons on public transportation . . . .
Benjamin R. DeCosta, the airport director, said the changes only apply to public transportation such as buses and the city subway and were not intended to allow people to carry guns at the airport. . . .
“We want to make sure the airport is safe and secure,” he said. Mr. DeCosta said that airports had previously been targeted by terrorists and that “there should be no ambiguity to law enforcement as to whether people should be carrying weapons here. . . .”
Bill Weeks, [GeorgiaCarry.Org] spokesman, said the Legislature clearly meant to relax a longstanding ban on carrying firearms on all public transportation, including at the airport. Mr. Weeks said the old version of the law specifically forbid carrying weapons in airport terminals, but the new version struck down that provision.
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