Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the busiest airport in the world. In addition to its status as the world’s busiest airport, it also holds the record for the most firearms discovered at airport security checkpoints.
Guns in Carry-On Luggage
Carrying a gun in your carry-on luggage and attempting to pass it through a TSA security checkpoint at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport carries potential civil liabilities and criminal charges. If you do not have a concealed carry permit and you bring a firearm through security, then you will be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor under Georgia state law.
If you do have a concealed carry permit, then you will be detained by Homeland Security and receive a citation to appear in the Federal Magistrate Court for the Northern District of Georgia. In either of these two scenarios, you will need an attorney familiar with handling gun cases originating at the airport. Parmer Law has obtained favorable resolutions for clients charged in both state and federal court for airport firearm offenses and has the attorney expertise required to navigate these cases.
Guns in Check-In Baggage
Individuals are allowed to transport unloaded firearms for travel in a commercial airliner as check-in baggage only. The firearm must be declared to the airline at the check-in counter, and the airline’s procedure must be strictly followed. Of considerable importance is the firearm’s casing, which should be locked to prevent access of any kind. Any violation of these regulations could result in significant penalties from the United States Transportation Security Administration: once a person is arrested for unlawful possession of firearms, the TSA may file a Notice of Violation (NOV) for a civil penalty that, by the TSA’s own information, may be as high as $13,066.00. This is in addition to any criminal penalties that may be imposed (jail time, probation, fines, or all of the above).