It seems that legislators in Georgia have changed the state’s gun laws to allow the carrying of concealed handguns on public transportation. While they contemplate how the first Clanton-gang shootout on the MARTA will go down, some folks in Atlanta are dismayed that they still can’t show up heavy at Atlanta’s international airport:
A decision by Georgia legislators to relax the state’s gun laws has led to a dispute over whether people can legally carry concealed firearms in the nation’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International.
A Georgia gun rights group filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Atlanta on Tuesday after airport officials said they would continue to enforce a ban on concealed weapons in the terminal despite the changes to the state law. The changes, which were approved by the Georgia legislature in the spring and took effect on Tuesday, relax the state’s prohibition on carrying weapons on public transportation and in some other areas, including restaurants serving alcohol.
OK, now, it’s hard for me to imagine a worse idea than to allow random folk to carry guns in (the insecure area of) the airport. Of course, I think it’s pretty stupid to allow it on any public transportation, but... the airport? You can’t take them through security anyway, so what purpose could there possibly be? Maybe you want to greet Grandpa, on his arrival, with a 21-gun salute?
The more I read this stuff, the more I rue the recent Supreme Court decision about the DC gun law, and the more I think our collective Old West mentality about guns is completely insane. And that something really bad is going to come from it before we fix it.