Wednesday, July 2, 2008

New Georgia Gun Law Prompts Lawsuit Over Airport Gun Rights

Beginning on Tuesday, Georgia residents with concealed weapons permit s can carry a concealed weapon into any public place. This would include restaurants, parks, and the like. While many have mixed emotions over the law, others have filed a lawsuit, stating that the law should enable them to be able to carry weapons into Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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).


Karlo said...

I bet the Civic Association in Binghamton, NY and most of the other public buildings where a mass murder has taken place, all have policies, with big signs on the front door stating 'No Guns or weapons' allowed inside.
News Flash! These perpetrators are suicidal mental cases or sociopaths.
Ban anything and everything and they will still- drive a vehicle into a crowd, burn down an apartment building full of people, make a bomb out of common household products, etc...
As for myself, I don't need a gun, but I'd rather have one (concealed) and not need it than be helplessly mowed down by some psychopath that just lost his job, or girlfreind or dog or something...

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