For an update on the firearms controversy rocking the state of Georgia, U.S. District Court Judge Marvin Shoob declined the request of guns rights organizations to allow guns in the terminal of Atlanta’s airport while he makes his final decision in their suit against the state. On behalf of pro-firearms organizations, GeorgiaCarry.org had asked for temporary rights to guns in Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport during the months-long trial that will decide the matter for good.
Pro-gun activists, including Georgia’s governor, Sonny Perdue, a supporter of the legislation which legalized concealed weapons on public transportation, have been busy making their case. Governor Perdue spoke in favor of allowing firearms at the airport, arguing that it would make his wife feel safer while walking from the terminal to the parking lot at night. But gun-control advocates and transportation officials have also been working behind the scenes to ensure travelers’ safety. Airport officials have petitioned the Transportation and Security Administration to create a federal ban of firearms in all areas of U.S. airports, which the TSA is currently studying. Meanwhile, Congressman Bennie Thompson, chairmen of the Homeland Security Committee, has publicly called for the TSA to amend its gun laws and threatened federal intervention in the event that Georgia does not comply with federal regulations.
The decision is a slight set-back for guns rights activists, but it is definitely not the end of the road in Georgia’s gun rights saga.