We’ve heard the same story hundreds of times. In the rush to get to the airport, some gun owner forgot to double check their carry-on luggage. Hiding inside: a loaded handgun that they meant to remove and leave at home, but forgot. Until the TSA fishes it out of the bag for them and calls the fuzz. This happens almost every day in Texas — we actually lead the nation in concealed handguns found at TSA checkpoints. Normally instances such as this would result in felony charges (it is illegal to bring a concealed handgun into the secured area of an airport), but a new Texas law will put an end to that.
The law, HB554, was passed without much fanfare on the 27th and is currently sitting on the Governor’s desk to be signed. The bill applies to people with a concealed carry license who accidentally enter the security screening process, and shields them from prosecution and even arrest if they immediately exit the screening area and ditch their gun outside.
The law comes nearly two years after a Texas lawmaker was arrested in the Austin airport for exactly this offense.Is it a little jaded to think that the new law is a direct result of a lawmaker’s arrest? Probably. But I don’t care about the impetus, I’m just happy that some common sense gun laws are being put into action.