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    Congressman moves to block guns at airport


    By JAMES SALZER
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Published on: 07/21/08

    The chairman of the U.S. House's Homeland Security Committee wants the federal government to keep Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport a gun-free zone.

    Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) wrote Transportation Security Administration officials Monday asking them what they will do to keep guns out of the world's busiest airport in light of a new Georgia law that allows Georgians with carry permits to tote guns into restaurants that sell alcohol, onto public transportation and, supporters say, into the airport.

    "It is my belief that federal law prohibits individuals from carrying firearms in all areas of an airport and that TSA has the authority to enforce these restrictions," Thompson wrote. "To do otherwise would hamper TSA's ability to keep our airports secure."

    Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin has vowed to lobby Congress and federal officials to mandate that any public facility receiving federal money be declared a "gun-free zone." City officials have promised to arrest anyone carrying a gun at Hartsfield-Jackson. Gun advocates have sued to stop the city from searching or arresting people for "legally carrying firearms."

    Gun advocates say the new law, which took effect July 1, means people with the proper permits could carry concealed weapons in the non-secure areas in front of airport security gates. Federal law prohibits guns beyond the security gates.

    Attempts to reach Rep. Tim Bearden (R-Villa Rica), the gun law's champion, were unsuccessful.

    In his letter to Kip Hawley, assistant secretary of TSA, Thompson asked for the federal security plan for Hartsfield-Jackson.

    "TSA's inability to protect the general public from individuals carrying concealed weapons into an airport would pose a serious and unnecessary security threat," Thompson wrote. "If TSA management believes that no current law exists to clearly designate areas of an airport within the control and authority of federal transportation officials, the committee may seek legislative action to correct this omission."

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    Malum Prohibitum wrote:
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    "It is my belief that federal law prohibits individuals from carrying firearms in all areas of an airport ..."
    It is my belief that Rep. Thompson is either a moron, or willfully ignorant of the law.

    If he believes that federal law prohibits individuals from carrying firearms in all areas of an airport, then why has he introduced a bill that would prohibit individuals from carrying firearms in all areas of an airport?

    Redundant, again?


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    KBCraig wrote:
    Malum Prohibitum wrote:
    http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/atlanta/stories/2008/07/21/airport_guns.html


    "It is my belief that federal law prohibits individuals from carrying firearms in all areas of an airport ..."
    It is my belief that Rep. Thompson is either a moron, or willfully ignorant of the law.

    If he believes that federal law prohibits individuals from carrying firearms in all areas of an airport, then why has he introduced a bill that would prohibit individuals from carrying firearms in all areas of an airport?

    Redundant, again?
    Well, he has not introduced it. He is threatening to do so ("may") if it turns out he is wrong, which he is.

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