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Friday, December 17, 2010 - 11:35am

Atlanta Accepts Airport Guns

Updated: 6 years ago.
Atlanta will no longer challenge a law that allows guns in some areas of Hartsfield Airport. (Image courtesy arabian supply chain)

Atlanta will not fight laws allowing permitted gun owners to carry into unsecured areas of Hartsfield- Jackson International Airport. A state law passed earlier this year allows weapons in curbside areas. But the measure was met by opposition from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

A pro-gun organization sees Atlanta’s ‘back down’ as a victory. Jerry Henry with ‘Georgia Carry’ says the group is celebrating the move to uphold state law over city government preferences.

“We fought to get a couple of bills passed last year and SB308 has been ruled that it allows licensed carriers to carry within the non-sterile areas of the airport.”

Legal gun carriers are still prohibited by federal law from carrying a gun inside the airport. They are allowed to check guns with their baggage for flights.

Currently, there is a bill in Congress challenging this law.