Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Judge: No guns in airport

Federal judge Marvin Shoob has denied the temporary injunction sought by in its lawsuit against Atlanta's ban on law-abiding citizens with concealed carry permits from carrying in the non-secure areas of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
ATLANTA -- A federal judge on Monday upheld a gun ban at the world's busiest airport, dealing a blow to gun rights groups who argued a new Georgia law authorized them to pack heat in certain parts of the Atlanta airport.

U.S. District Judge Marvin Shoob expressed concern that allowing guns at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport could cause significant economic damage and could be a "serious threat to public safety and welfare."

His decision rejected a request by that would have temporarily allowed gun owners to carry their weapons in the airport until his final ruling on the gun ban - a challenge that could likely last months.
The judge's ruling was a defeat for, a two-year-old group that has won a string of victories reversing city and county firearm restrictions around the state.

But state Rep. Tim Bearden, a Republican who co-sponsored the law, said it was only a temporary setback.

"In the long run, the Constitution always prevails," said Bearden, a former police officer who wore a yellow tie imprinted with the document's words. "At least, it's supposed to."

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