Georgia Congressman Wants a Federal Ban on Guns in Airports

Georgia Congressman Wants a Federal Ban on Guns in Airports

Georgia Democrat Rep. Hank Johnson has taken issue with the recent dust-up over a man bringing an AR-15 into an airport. While doing so remains perfectly legal, Johnson hopes to change all that with even more federal laws dedicated to restricting the Second Amendment liberties of Americans.

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Titled the “Airport Security Act of 2015,” Johnson’s bill would institute a federal ban on the carry of loaded firearms, not only within the secured airport areas where they’re already banned, but in non-secure areas that don’t require a screening process for entry. Unloaded weapons, under Johnson’s bill, could be brought into the unsecured areas if they’re unloaded and locked up in cases, but that’s it.

“Two weeks ago, a man entered the world’s busiest airport in Atlanta, Georgia, carrying a loaded AR-15 automatic weapon with an extended-capacity 100-round magazine,” Johnson said Monday from the House floor. “He did so only to make a point, and that was to show that he was legally able to carry his firearm in the airport.

“Mr. Speaker, actions like this, which follow shootings at airports in Los Angeles and Houston, undermine public security in the same way as yelling ‘fire’ in a crowded theater.

“Today I will introduce legislation to prohibit the carrying of loaded weapons in our nation’s airports. The Airport Security Act is a common-sense bill and I urge my colleagues to join me in keeping the traveling public safe.”

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the bill has the support of 15 Democratic co-sponsors.

Johnson is perhaps best remembered for having worried during a Congressional hearing that placing too many troops on the island of Guam would cause the island to “tip over.”

Yes, not only was Johnson serious, but he was re-elected. Twice.

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