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Texas Lawmakers Want To Relax Airport Laws For Gun Owners

| by Michael Allen

Republican state Rep. Drew Springer of Texas wrote a bill that would give a free pass to people with a gun license if they are caught by airport security in possession of a gun, provided they leave the area immediately.

Currently, people can be charged with a felony for taking guns into public areas such as airports and schools in the Lone Star state.

Springer's bill passed the Republican-controlled Texas House on Thursday, reports CBS Dallas-Fort Worth.

Republican state Rep. Drew Darby of Texas was arrested at an airport in Austin, Texas, on Nov. 14, 2013, after a ".38 caliber Ruger and six rounds of ammunition in a magazine" was found in his luggage, noted the Statesman.

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At the time, a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent called over a police officer who arrested Darby.

According to court papers, Darby "forgot his handgun was in his bag."

Judge Cliff Brown dismissed the criminal charges against Darby on Jan. 3, 2014, following a request to do so by the Travis County District Attorney office, noted the San Angelo Standard Times.

Sources: CBS Dallas-Fort Worth, Statesman, San Angelo Standard Times
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