Airports can be minefields for CCW holders. State laws vary widely even in ‘free’ states, and the blue-gloved TSA fondlers are always waiting at the end of the security queue. Georgia is a state which specifically allows CCW in the non-secured portion of its airports, and for many Georgians this blessing has proven to be decidedly mixed . . .
Atlanta-Hartsfield International Airport leads the nation in firearms seizures, with 111 guns being illegally brought through the security checkpoint in 2013. This number is way higher than the runners-up: Miami had only 24, and LAX had only 19.
The weight of a gun on your hip and a license in your wallet quickly becomes second-nature to most CCW holders, and it’s not hard to (temporarily) forget you’re still carrying when you’re rushing to catch a plane. Even lawmakers forget sometimes: former Georgia house speaker Terry Coleman was arrested last year after he forgot a handgun in his briefcase at the TSA checkpoint.
The Georgia legislature is considering a bill which would give a break to CCW holders who suddenly remember that they’re carrying and voluntarily leave the screening line. No arrest, no seizure, no citation.
We hate all forms of ‘zero tolerance’ malum prohibitum laws here at TTAG, and this Georgia proposal sounds like a step forward for common sense. Gun-grabbers and TSA crotch-grabbers both oppose this bill, of course, because airport confiscations and arrests are just another incremental way to separate more Americans from their Second Amendment liberties.