Federal Appeals Court Upholds Lower Court: No Guns at Atlanta Hartsfield Airport
WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court has ruled that the Georgia Legislature can’t force Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport to allow people to carry concealed weapons on airport property.
The United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit upheld a lower court decision that the City of Atlanta was entitled to prohibit visitors from carrying concealed firearms in its international airport. The Court accepted arguments made by the Brady Center in an amicus brief it filed, along with Georgians For Gun Safety.
A gun lobby group, georgiacarry.org, had sued suit to force concealed guns into the airport, over the objections of the city. In September of last year, U.S. District Judge Marvin Shoob ruled in favor of the city, and in his opinion he scolded the gun lobby for ‘misleadingly’ making its case.
“The Court’s decision was right on the law, and sound policy,” said Jonathan Lowy, Director of the Legal Action Project of the Brady Center. “The gun lobby’s campaign to inject guns into every place in our society - of which this lawsuit was a part - poses a danger to citizens, communities, and law enforcement.”
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