According to U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), it’s “common sense” to prohibit law-abiding citizens from possessing firearms in or around airports.
Johnson’s proposed bill, known as the Airport Security Act of 2015, or H.R. 2767, rides on the coattails of an incident that recently took place in Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, where Jim Cooley — legally — openly carried his AR-15 through the building.
Police detained Cooley, but let him go after realizing the gun advocate wasn’t actually breaking any laws.
Johnson’s argument for the bill is that airports equate to transportation, and transportation equates to our front doors. So in order to protect our communities we must turn airports into gun-free zones.
“Airports are the gateway to commerce throughout the world and the front door to the communities they connect for millions of passengers who visit the United States each year,” said Rep. Johnson. “It defies logic that we would allow anyone other than law enforcement officials to carry a loaded gun within an airport. This bill is simple common sense.”
Speaking of logic, if law enforcement officers, who are legally permitted to carry a firearm both on and off-duty, are allowed to be armed inside airports, shouldn’t the same standards be extended to those who are legally permitted to carry a concealed weapon?
Regardless, Johnson’s Airport Security Act of 2015 has the backing of gun control groups like the Brady Campaign, The Violence Policy Center, Center for American Violence, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence to name a few.
However, there are many who oppose bill as well. Where do you stand on guns in airports?
(This article was written by freelance writer Brent Rogers, H/T: Guns.com)