While airport adminstrators have declared the airport a "gun-free zone," with airport GM Ben DeCosta telling reporters "My message is simple: Leave your firearms at home," at a news conference, gun rights supporters, including state Rep. Tim Bearden, who helped pass the law, quickly filed a lawsuit in federal court over the issue.
Atlanta officials said anyone carrying a gun at the airport could be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor.
An attorney for the gun rights backers who filed the lawsuit, argued the Atlanta airport qualifies as public transportation. There are also (naturally) restaurants in the terminal, which the lawyer said should be accessible to gun-carrying visitors under the new law.While gun rights advocates are obviously feeling really confident right now because of the Supreme Court's recent ruling, let's through all that aside and use some common sense.
Do people really think it's a good idea to allow guns in an airport? Does your desire for your perceived Second Amendment rights mean that you no longer have the ability to make sensible decisions?
On the other hand, I'm sure they'll be plenty who say that gun-carriers will deter terrorists. Well, I can at least chalk up Atlanta as another place I never want to visit, if that happens (not that I wanted to visit there anyway).