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New gun laws creates controversy at airports

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

July 15, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Airport officials throughout Georgia are unhappy with a new state gun law.

Governor Sonny Perdue signed legislation that allows Georgians who have permits to carry concealed weapons the bring those guns to more places including restaurants that serve alcohol and onto public transportation.

The Governor and gun advocates say the law covers public areas of airports. Airport officials say that could put you in danger.

"If they decide to go into the secured area, our TSA people are not armed. And that could create some really interesting issues, and we are not really thrilled about that," said Airport Director, Yvette Aehle. 

"It's my opinion that those non-secure areas fall under state law that would be covered by House Bill 89," said Governor Sonny Perdue.

A pro-gun group filed a federal lawsuit against Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials for their gun ban saying the airport qualifies as mass transportation. A hearing is scheduled August 11th in U.S. District Court.

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