Sunday, August 10, 2008

TSA weighing airport gun ban

Article discussing a possible gun ban by TSA in all airport areas, not just the secured (security screened) areas.
WASHINGTON - The Transportation Security Administration may allow airports to ban firearms from terminals, parking lots, roads and other airport areas where many states currently allow passengers to carry lethal weapons.

Airport officials and lawmakers are watching closely as the TSA weighs a request by Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to modify its security program to impose an airportwide ban on guns. It is the first such request to TSA from an airport.

"Any decisions we make that affect (Atlanta) could affect every other airport in the country," TSA spokesman Christopher White said Thursday.

Federal law bars passengers from bringing weapons to or past airport checkpoints. But in many airports, state law allows passengers to carry guns and knives in unsecured areas such as a main terminal - often to airport officials' dismay.

Article here. Any such ban that purports to override state laws will likely be challenged. It's unclear whether federal law would permit the TSA to exercise jurisdiction over all airport property, such as parking lots and unsecured areas.

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