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Proposed bill adds felony element to guns at airport

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

ATLANTA — Georgia lawmakers want to add a felony element to the misdemeanor law governing guns found in baggage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The airport is geographically in Clayton County but is patrolled by the Atlanta Police Department.

Nearly all first-time firearms cases made at the airport are prosecuted in Clayton County State Court. Repeat offenders face felony charges in Superior Court.

The proposed bill makes it a felony to bring a firearm to the airport for the purpose of committing a felony.

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Clayton County Solicitor General Tasha Mosley

Solicitor General Tasha Mosley said Atlanta police arrested 57 travelers with firearms in their baggage in 2011. In 2012, that number nearly doubled to 100. So far this year, officers have made 10 arrests.

Because most are first-time offenders with no criminal history, Mosley approves them for participation in State Court’s pre-trial intervention program. The program includes community service, probation and a fine. Successful completion of PTI allows the defendant’s record to be expunged.

Nearly every defense she’s heard involves the defendant having hid the firearm from children.

“Everyone’s defense is they hid the gun in their baggage to keep it from their kids, packed around it and forgot it was in there,” she said. “Or they were on their way to a business meeting, threw the gun in their briefcase and completely forgot about it. There’s always some version of that.”

People with carry permits can bring a firearm into the public areas of the airport. Travelers who make the proper provisions with the Transportation Safety Administration can even take along their firearms in checked baggage. The law prohibits firearms from being brought onto a plane in carry-on baggage.

Every traveler caught going through TSA security at Hartsfield with an unauthorized firearm is arrested and taken to the Clayton County Jail. That person must make an appearance before a Magistrate Court judge — and that almost always involves an overnight stay in the jail.

Police have arrested attorneys, businessmen, business owners, athletes and people in the music industry.

“There is a way to travel with your firearms,” said Mosley. “I tell people all the time, pre-plan, get to the airport three hours early, take care of your business and keep going.”

Mosley isn’t hopeful the bill would deter offenders.

“This bill isn’t adding any teeth,” she said. “I think the Feds should step in and not let you fly for a period of time. Right now, these people are paying a fine and not thinking anything of it. Ban people from flying and you’ll get people to start thinking.”

Mosley also thinks Georgia lawmakers should see what is working in other states with major airports.

“Whatever is working in other places, adopt something along those lines and you may make a true difference,” she said.

Mosley supports gun rights and understands the debate.

“But I do believe there should be reasonable restrictions on it,” she said.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 2 months ago

....."Airport Executives, Passengers Share Feelings on State Gun Law"

http://www.atlanta-airport.com/hjn/2008/09/fa1.htm

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OscarKnight 1 year, 2 months ago

(( "Mosley supports gun rights and understands the debate".

“But I do believe there should be reasonable restrictions on it,” she said. ))

........There are already restrictions, called "Gun Safe Free Zones".

......Georgia's HB 89 was passed to allow for State License Carry Holders to carry handguns into the public transportation and the Airport Terminal, however, Atlanta : Federal Judge rules: No guns in airport :

http://www.wsbtv.com/videos/news/federal-judge-rules-no-guns-at-atlanta-airport/vCKf4/

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OscarKnight 1 year, 2 months ago

(( "Mosley supports gun rights and understands the debate".

“But I do believe there should be reasonable restrictions on it,” she said. ))

........There are already restrictions, called "Gun Safe Free Zones".

......Self Defense by Law Abiding Citizens shouldn't have any "Buts" applied to our Lawful Rights.

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Robert 1 year, 2 months ago

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by Robert

No legal American citizen, who is in lawful possession, should be arrested for merely being in possession of a firearm regardless of where they may be standing when they are standing inside the United States. (Arguable exception to the District of Columbia)

There is already a law on the books about committing a felony act with the use of a firearm. Ms. Mosley don't you know the laws?

TITLE 16 - CRIMES AND OFFENSES CHAPTER 11 - OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ORDER AND SAFETY ARTICLE 4 - DANGEROUS INSTRUMENTALITIES AND PRACTICES PART 1 - GENERAL PROVISIONS § 16-11-106 - Possession of firearm or knife during commission of or attempt to commit certain crimes More Sharing ServicesShare | O.C.G.A. 16-11-106 (2010) 16-11-106. Possession of firearm or knife during commission of or attempt to commit certain crimes

(a) For the purposes of this Code section, the term "firearm" shall include stun guns and tasers. A stun gun or taser is any device that is powered by electrical charging units such as batteries and emits an electrical charge in excess of 20,000 volts or is otherwise capable of incapacitating a person by an electrical charge.

(b) Any person who shall have on or within arm's reach of his or her person a firearm or a knife having a blade of three or more inches in length during the commission of, or the attempt to commit:

(1) Any crime against or involving the person of another;

(2) The unlawful entry into a building or vehicle;

(3) A theft from a building or theft of a vehicle;

(4) Any crime involving the possession, manufacture, delivery, distribution, dispensing, administering, selling, or possession with intent to distribute any controlled substance or marijuana as provided in Code Section 16-13-30, any counterfeit substance as defined in Code Section 16-13-21, or any noncontrolled substance as provided in Code Section 16-13-30.1; or

(5) Any crime involving the trafficking of cocaine, marijuana, or illegal drugs as provided in Code Section 16-13-31,

and which crime is a felony, commits a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by confinement for a period of five years, such sentence to run consecutively to any other sentence which the person has received.

(c) Upon the second or subsequent conviction of a person under this Code section, the person shall be punished by confinement for a period of ten years. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, the sentence of any person which is imposed for violating this Code section a second or subsequent time shall not be suspended by the court and probationary sentence imposed in lieu thereof.

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Robert 1 year, 2 months ago

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

.....I am proud to be among those, here, that supports our Lawful Rights to Bear Arms !!

.......If only the rest of Clayton County would be like these Americans, then, We could also have bragging rights.

......Riddle With Me This :

.........Does No Defense Makes for Good. and "Common", Sense, in These Gun Free Zones ?

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

.......I found this State Legislative Bill :

013-2014 Regular Session - HB 356 Firearms; offense of unlawfully carrying a weapon into secure airport area; provide

http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20132014/HB/356

.....The Bill :

http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20132014/131052.pdf

....Mike Glanton, of the 75th district, of Clayton County, is one of the sponsors of this Bill.........Mike Glanton is also one of our State Legislators, from Clayton County, that Voted No ( Nay ) on Georgia HB 89 :

http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20072008/HB/89

....The House Votes :

http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/vote.aspx?VoteID=5631

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

....By adding a Felony Conviction to a first time offender, this would strip that person from ever having the Lawful Rights to Bear Arms, under The Second Amendment !!!!

....Shame on Mike Glanton, for sponsoring this Bill !!!!!

....I thought that Mike was better, than to pack with these bottom feeders.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

......Federal Judge Ruled Against Carrying a Gun at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport :

....."Judge Says No to Guns in Nonsecure Areas of Atlanta Airport"

http://www.securitymanagement.com/news/judge-says-no-guns-nonsecure-areas-atlanta-airport-004498

http://blog.bradycampaign.org/category/guns-in-airports/page/2/

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

Clayton County Solicitor General Tasha Mosley :

(( "People with carry permits can bring a firearm into the public areas of the airport." ))

.....Part of being a Law Abiding Citizen is knowing about the State & Federal Laws. Since our State Law, HB took effect, a Federal Judge overturned our rights to carry on airport property. Show us where State Carry Licensed Permit Holders are allowed to Carry Firearms on Airport Property.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA ATLANTA DIVISION

CIVIL ACTION FILE NO. 1:08-CV-2171-MHS

GEORGIACARRY.ORG, INC. And TIMOTHY BEARDEN

Plaintiffs,

v.

CITY OF ATLANTA, ) HARTSFIELD-JACKSON ) ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL ) AIRPORT, ) SHIRLEY FRANKLIN, in her ) Official capacity as Mayor of the City ) Of Atlanta, Georgia, ) BENJAMIN DECOSTA, ) In his official capacity as Aviation ) General Manager of the City of ) Atlanta, ) ) Defendants

http://www.georgiacarry.com/hjaia/TRO%20Brief.pdf

.......Atlanta's Mayor Shirley Franklin was a member of "Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition", an outgrowth of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s "Mayors Against Illegal Guns Summit"

http://claytonwatchdog.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=guncontrolpeoplecontrol&action=display&thread=637&page=1

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

......Gun Control runs very deep, within The Democrat Party :

.....Any Gun Control Measures submitted by the Democrats, Will Lead to Registration of Firearms and the Confiscation of Firearms.

.....Gun Control is about Disarming The Lawful Rights of The Law Abiding Citizens :

......This is one of my sites, on this issue :

.....New York Gun Owners Refuse to Register Firearms

http://handgunforum.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=peoplecontrol&action=display&thread=4574

......Registration of Firearms = Confiscation of Firearms

http://handgunforum.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=peoplecontrol&action=display&thread=4589

......Revisions to the Gun Control Act of 1968

http://handgunforum.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=peoplecontrol&action=display&thread=3771

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

....."On October 22, 1968, Lyndon Johnson signed the Gun Control Act of 1968, one of the largest and most far reaching federal gun control laws in American history. This act represented a dramatic increase in federal power."

....The Gun Control Act of 1968 :

....Lyndon B. Johnson :

(( "676 - Annual Message to the Congress on the State of the Union. January 14, 1969

In the Safe Streets Act of 1968, Congress determined "To assist state and local governments in reducing the incidence of crime."

This year I am proposing that the Congress provide the full $300 million that the Congress last year authorized to do just that.

I hope the Congress will put the money where the authorization is.

I believe this is an essential contribution to justice and to public order in the United States. I hope these grants can be made to the States and they can be used effectively to reduce the crime rate in this country.

But all of this is only a small part of the total effort that must be made--I think chiefly by the local governments throughout the Nation--if we expect to reduce the toll of crime that we all detest.

Frankly, as I leave the Office of the Presidency, one of my greatest disappointments is our failure to secure passage of a licensing and registration act for firearms. I think if we had passed that act, it would have reduced the incidence of crime. I believe that the Congress should adopt such a law, and I hope that it will at a not too distant date." ))

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=29333

....The Aftermath :

http://handgunforum.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=peoplecontrol&action=display&thread=2735

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

.....We can begin by looking at Our County Officials, that are Members of The NAACP.

..Does The NAACP support an Individual Right to “Keep and Bear Arms”, under The Second Amendment ?

http://supreme.lp.findlaw.com/supreme_court/briefs/07-290/07-290.mer.ami.pet.naacp.pdf

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND ADRIAN M. FENTY, MAYOR OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, Petitioners, v. DICK ANTHONY HELLER, Respondent

BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE THE NAACP LEGAL DEFENSE & EDUCATIONAL FUND, INC. IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONERS

I. A Radical Departure from The Court’s Second Amendment Jurisprudence Is Not Warranted…. 4

A. The Second Amendment Does Not Protect an Individual Right to “Keep and Bear Arms” for Purely Private Purposes …………………………… 6

http://rkba.org/judicial/heller/07-290_PetitionerAmCuNAACPFund.pdf

....Show us where our State Legislators, from Clayton County, ever lend any support for our Self Defense Rights.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

.......From the evidence, that I have been gathering, since the Clinton Administration, I have arrived to the conclusion, that I do not trust any elected official, or anyone, from the Democrat Party with my Constitutional Rights; This creed holds especially true in Clayton County ( Another Obamanation ).

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