The Dangerous Impact of the NRA’s “Guns Everywhere” Law on Airport Security

The Dangerous Impact of the NRA’s “Guns Everywhere” Law on Airport Security

A gunshot rang out at a security checkpoint on Saturday at Atlanta’s international airport, sending travelers into a panic and temporarily grounding flights the weekend before Thanksgiving. The weapon was discharged at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Saturday afternoon, after an X-ray screening detected a “prohibited item” in a male passenger’s bag. When TSA officials tried to search the bag, the man reached for the gun inside, and it fired. Airport officials described the single gunshot as accidental and said nobody was struck, but the incident sparked a panic among surrounding travelers, many of whom dropped to the floor or began running for safety, leading to some minor injuries. The man with the gun, who has a felony record, fled the scene with his weapon. Authorities began searching for him but said it was not an active-shooter situation. An unintentional gun discharge in the Atlanta airport caused mass panic today among passengers who thought there was an active shooter. In 2014, Georgia lawmakers passed a NRA-supported “guns everywhere” law allowing loaded guns inside airports. #gapol pic.twitter.com/fmUnV4GA3f Nobody was seriously harmed, and the airport resumed normal operation within two hours. However, the incident is the latest example of persistent security problems stemming from lax gun regulations that have led to a surge in firearm seizures at airports around the country in recent years . Taking a gun through security checkpoints at airports is illegal, but more and more travelers are attempting to do so (whether intentionally or inadvertently), according to data […]

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