Firearms Allowed at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport

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Lawmakers in Georgia have approved a bill that would allow gun owners to carry licensed firearms in parts of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

USA Today reported the airport strongly opposes the bill, which would permit the carrying of firearms in areas not controlled by the federal government, such as terminals, drop off and pick up areas, baggage areas, and parking lots.

The legislation expands on a law passed in 2008 that allows Georgia residents with firearm licenses to bring concealed weapons into public places such as parks and recreational areas, restaurants, and onto public transportation.

In March 2009, the Hartsfield-Jackson airport issued a statement praising the Court of Appeals decision to uphold a lower court's ruling that concealed weapons do not belong at the airport.

"We are pleased with the court's ruling and that Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will continue to remain a safe, secure, gun-free environment for its 90 million passengers a year," said Aviation General Manager Ben DeCosta in the 2009 statement.

Airport officials nationwide are closely watching whether or not Governor Sonny Perdue will sign the legislation into law.
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