Editorial: Responsible gun ownership means following rules

Editorial: Responsible gun ownership means following rules

Transportation Security Administration officers stopped a Pittsburgh woman with a loaded 9 mm handgun in her carry-on baggage at Pittsburgh International Airport on Sept. 24. Conversations about guns and the limits of their accessibility are never easy. While most other rights like speech or a speedy trial are intangible, a gun is the one that can be held in your hand. It can be strapped at your side. It can even be packed in a bag and taken into an airport. But please don’t do that. At least, don’t do it the way more than two dozen people have done at Pittsburgh International Airport or at least five others have done at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport so far in 2021. There is a way to take a weapon onto a plane. It goes in a locked carrying case with hard exterior. It must be not only checked in the baggage but declared from the moment you step up to the ticket counter. The same goes for ammunition or magazines or clips. It’s not as easy as bringing your laptop onto the plane, but it’s also only slightly more complicated than bringing a full-size bottle of shampoo or a fifth of whiskey. Those also have to be checked rather than in a carry-on. However if you forget that you have a large container of hair spray in your bag, you will end up watching your hair spray go into a big vat of other oversize liquids. Forget you have a […]

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