-- A man roamed the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airport last week with a rifle in hand and it was perfectly legal, according to police.
Because of a year-old Georgia law, Jim Cooley says he knew he wasn't breaking any rules dropping his daughter off at the airport with his AR-15 in tow, fully loaded with a 100-round drum.
When stopped Thursday, Cooley asked authorities whether he was being detained. When the officers each answered no, he simply continued on his way.
An Atlanta Police report obtained by ABC News reads, “At no time was Mr. Cooley deprived of his ability to leave property or freely move around the airport with the weapon. Officers followed to assure the safety of all patrons at the airport.”
Cooley told the TV station, "I told her [the officer] I was carrying this for safely when she asked me why. It shouldn't matter what I carry, just that I choose to carry. You never know where something might happen."
He added: “If you don’t exercise your rights, the government doesn’t have any hesitation taking them away.”
Cooley did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.
The Georgia state law took effect July 1, 2014, allowing a permitted citizen with a handgun or a legal long gun to carry the licensed weapon in commercial airports, bars, schools and churches.