Brady Center and Georgians for Gun Safety File Airport Amicus

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Georgians for Gun Safety have filed an amicus brief in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals case between GCO and Atlanta over whether any existing law prohibits GFL holders from carrying firearms at the Airport.  Ostensibly in support of Atlanta, the amicus brief does not cite any law that prohibits such carry.  Rather, it claims that Georgia has no authority to regulate firearms at the Airport because federal law occupies this field completely, leaving no room for state regulation.  The inescapable conclusion from the amicus brief is that because no federal law prohibits firearms in the unsecured areas of the airport and any state laws on this topic are preempted, no law prohibits guns in the unsecured areas of the airport.

Exactly.

It would frequently behoove those making an argument to examine the logical consequences of making it before inserting it into the public record.

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4 Responses to “Brady Center and Georgians for Gun Safety File Airport Amicus”

  1. kdp Says:

    Pay close attention to this: “no federal law prohibits firearms in the unsecured areas of the airport”. In the UNSECURED areas of the airport. How long do you think it will be before either the Feds or Shirley Franklin and the city council decide the entire airport deserves to be “secured”?

  2. devo1123 Says:

    “How long do you think it will be before either the Feds or Shirley Franklin and the city council decide the entire airport deserves to be “secured”? ”

    Idk… I picked someone up there this evening and that place is crawling with cops. They have the pick-up/drop off area on lockdown. Multiple cops directing traffic seriously every 20 feet. I was carrying OC but didn’t get out of the car. I thought I’d prob be in for it if I was pulled over when an ATL patrol car got behind me on the approach but luckily that didn’t happen. I’m not driving to ATL unarmed, no way, no how.

  3. Gunstar1 Says:

    kdp: The only feds that can do anything is the US Congress and they must change the law. The only way to make the entire airport secure according to current law is to make every entrance into the airport secure. Which means metal detectors at the front doors before you even get to the ticket counter to check your luggage. It also means TSA employee at every entrance. That is a lot of equipment and manpower.

    Shirley would have to decide to spend a bunch of money they don’t have to put in metal detectors at the entrances, you also have to think about the exits since you can turn around and walk back in them. That’s just is not going to happen.

    I am not saying don’t keep an eye on the US Congress for a bill that changes the current federal law, but there isn’t a thing Shirley or the TSA can do about it.

  4. fmlaw1 Says:

    Gunstar1 Says:
    December 31st, 2008 at 1:38 pm
    I am not saying don’t keep an eye on the US Congress for a bill that changes the current federal law, but there isn’t a thing Shirley or the TSA can do about it.

    If such a radical bill comes, it won’t be a stand-alone bill. It would be a separate rider in a very long bill. Maybe even in an Omnibus bill. That’s the only way it could hope to pass.