Man Defends Carrying Rifle Through Atlanta Airport

Jim Cooley says he wasn't breaking any laws when he carried his fully loaded AR-15 rifle through parts of the Atlanta airport terminal when dropping his daughter off for a flight.
3:00 | 06/03/15

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It shouldn't matter what I choose to carry. Just I choose to carry this still violation of federal law to inner a checkpoint with a profit at TSA checkpoint. Correct you can carry an unsecured areas of the airport. Has fears say. Member Jim Cooley says when he and his wife Maria went to Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta international airport to prop up the daughter he was armed with his AR fifteen it's fully loaded one underground drama. And his understanding of Georgia's gun laws so he says he knew he was legal to carry the gun in the parts of the terminally visited. You never know where something might happen surprise you know he did not break federal law. News not a Laotian felt want them. FBI special agent in charge Britt Johnson says he doesn't want to get into a debate about state lots but he wants passengers to be very clear. Under federal law. Ordinary folks still cannot carry a gun in the the TSA screening area or beyond in during the checkpoint with a weapon is violation of federal law Clayton County solicitor general touch a Mosley says a state out of take effect July 1 of last year permits us citizen with a handgun with a permit or legal on gun. To carry a gun and a commercial airport in many areas. But not to knowingly take it in or beyond security screening areas and not and certain other restricted areas then things a lot of people are saying yeah. You can do it under the law much should you do. Absolutely if you don't exercise your rights the government doesn't have at any hesitation taken them away. Cooley says he doesn't believe Atlanta plays Hauser should've followed him out of the airport to his car any duty police report says quote at no time was mr. Cooley deprived of his ability to lead property or freely move around the airport with a weapon officers followed to assure the safety of all patrons at the airport.

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