“An armed passenger stopped by TSA last week received concierge-style service from the Orlando Sanford International Airport Police Department,” orlandosentinel.com snarks. “Rather than arrest the man Friday, as is customary at the larger Orlando International Airport, cops allowed Michael Deegan to catch his flight to Ohio and held the loaded .38-caliber revolver for him while he was away. On Monday evening, Deegan returned from Columbus and retrieved his gun. He headed home to Fort Pierce without criminal charges, unlike more than 1,000 armed passengers arrested at U.S. airports last year, according to interviews and records.” You want common sense gun control? Here’s your common sense gun control . . .
“There appears to be no nexus to terrorism and this report is for informational purposes only,” police wrote. “There was no disruption of airport activities due to this incident.”
The senior police officer on the scene Friday was Cmdr. Larry Dale, who also serves as Sanford Airport Authority’s chief executive officer and president.
“I think the report speaks for itself,” Dale said when asked Wednesday afternoon why he didn’t arrest Deegan. “We determined the circumstances didn’t warrant an arrest in this case.”
While it’s pretty stupid to forget a gun when traveling via the TSA’s blue-shirted goons, I think Cmdr Dale’s action speak for themselves as well. Here’s hoping he gets a commendation rather than a black mark on his record. Click here to send an email to the Airport Authority expressing your support. [h/t SS]