UPDATE 11 JAN 07: New Article publishedby United Press International

Utah gun owners go armed at airport


Published: Jan. 10, 2008 at 9:11 PM

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Utah gun-owners say they have a right to carry their weapons at the Salt Lake City International Airport as long as they stay out of secured areas.

The airport has signs at the terminal doors warning against bringing weapons on the premises, The Salt Lake City Tribune reports. But the signs cite a Utah law that allows weapons in public areas.

Gun-rights advocates have asked the airport to remove the signs. But the airport says they will stay in place, suggesting that they are an early warning for those boarding airplanes that they cannot carry their weapons through the security checkpoints.

Under Utah law, people with concealed-carry permits can take their guns, hidden, to all public places, while most other adults can bring weapons that are openly displayed.

Kevin Jensen, a Utah member of opencarry.org, said he always takes his gun to the airport.

"When someone has posted that they don't allow weapons, criminals see that as an opportunity," he said.