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Monday, June 15, 2015 - 5:59pm

Congressman Hank Johnson: No Loaded Guns At Airports

Keeping loaded guns out of airports is the goal of a bill announced Monday by Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson.

Speaking on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, the DeKalb County Democrat said his bill is a response to an incident two weeks ago in Atlanta. That's when a man walked into Atlanta's Hartsfield–Jackson airport with a loaded automatic weapon and a 100–round magazine.

"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," Johnson said.

The "Airport Security Act" would require licensed gun owners who travel through the airport to carry their firearms unloaded and in a locked case. It would also ban loaded weapons in areas that aren't behind security gates.