GA Lawmakers Consider Changes in Airport Security and Guns

17 February 2014

People licensed to carry guns could avoid getting arrested in Georgia if they get caught with a firearm in an airport security line under a proposal before legislators in Georgia's General Assembly.

State Rep. Alan Powell said law-abiding people should not necessarily go to jail if they make an honest mistake. That provision is part of a larger gun bill put forward by legislators in Georgia’s General Assembly. Last year, a former speaker of Georgia’s House of Representatives was arrested at the airport when federal officials realized he had a pistol in his briefcase.
More guns are detected at Atlanta’s main airport than at any other airport in the country. The union for airport security screeners opposes the change and says people need to follow the law.

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