CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — The U.S. Department of Justice has announced it is cracking down on travelers who bring firearms to security checkpoints at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in suburban Atlanta.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said there is a 2014 state law that created a loophole that terrorists could exploit, special agent in charge Britt Johnson told WSBTV.
Simply put, even those with gun permits who bring a firearm to the checkpoints are turned away without being charged with a state misdemeanor as in previous years. The FBI is concerned that a potential terrorist, knowing there is no repercussion, could keep trying to get through with a legal permit and someday slip through and create a dangerous situation aboard a plane.
“If a permit holder can go to the checkpoint and try day after day to get through and just be turned away with no penalty that’s a concern because the one day that they’re able to get it through is the one day that they could carry out the attack,” Johnson said.
Johnson wants the public to know that bringing a gun to the checkpoint, even with a permit, is still a federal violation despite the law. Johnson says Atlanta police officers have now been deputized through the U.S. Marshal’s Service and will soon be citing people for a federal crime if they bring a gun.
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