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.