Thursday, May 13, 2010

Guns and airports

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) introduced a bill Thursday that would make it illegal for people to carry firearms into commercial airports throughout the country.

The measure would prohibit people from carrying guns into areas outside of the screening checkpoints at airports, including the airport lobby, baggage claim area and ticket counters. It would not alter laws that allow licensed gun carriers to check unloaded guns in a locked case in their baggage.

"In the post-9/11 world, it simply defies common sense that it would be legal to carry a gun into an airport," Lautenberg said in a statement. "Our airports face threats every day and allowing someone to walk into a major airport with a loaded gun is a recipe for disaster."

Um, yeah. Seems obvious. But what's amazing to me is that there isn't already a law banning guns at airports. Especially post-9/11.

How fucked up is that?

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