Federal Official Leans on County Sheriffs to Revoke Concealed Carry Licenses for Non-Criminal Action

Federal Official Leans on County Sheriffs to Revoke Concealed Carry Licenses for Non-Criminal Action

According to local news reports and gun bloggers , a federal prosecutor in Western Pennsylvania is hoping to team up with county sheriffs to revoke the concealed carry licenses of travelers who accidentally bring guns to airport security checkpoints. The reports also state that Allegheny County Sheriff William Mullen, whose jurisdiction covers Pittsburgh and its international airport, has agreed to cooperate with the plan. Needless to say, the NRA encourages all gun owners to be prudent and conscientious about checking any bag that could contain a firearm before using it as carry-on luggage at an airport. Nevertheless, innocent mistakes can and do occur. Many peoples’ lifestyles involve lawfully carrying firearms, as well as making frequent or last-minute trips by air travel. Someone going to a funeral or hastily-scheduled business meeting, for example, could easily get distracted enough to forget what was in a carry-on bag. To put things in perspective, the Transportation Security Administration regulates all sorts of items that purportedly pose a risk to air travel, up to an including drinking water. It shouldn’t be assumed that everyone violating one of these rules does so intending to cause harm. The criminal law recognizes this, and absent illegal intent, cases of firearms mistakenly brought to airport checkpoints are usually resolved with civil fines (perhaps in the thousands of dollars) and possible confiscation and forfeiture of the firearm itself. These measures, where appropriate, should more than encourage more careful behavior from forgetful travelers. Nevertheless, Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Kaufman of […]

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