Impact of Firearms Laws on Airports

The right to carry guns at airports is subject to the U.S. Constitution, federal and state legislation, and judicial decisions. The digest analyzes recent court cases on federal and state laws that have been challenged for restricting or prohibiting the carrying of firearms in public and other places. The digest also includes a compendium of federal and state laws that are relevant to the carrying of guns at airports and elsewhere. Section I synthesizes and summarizes the key points and trends based on the research conducted for the digest. Section II discusses whether there is a constitutional right to carry a firearm, including in an airport, and analyzes recent federal and state cases that have ruled on constitutional challenges to statutes that restrict or prohibit the carrying of firearms in public and other places. Sections III through V analyze various issues that may arise when an individual, including one who is licensed to carry a firearm or a concealed firearm, carries a firearm to an airport. In addition to discussing laws that prohibit firearms in the sterile area of an airport, Section VI discusses state laws that prohibit individuals from carrying a firearm in the nonsterile area of an airport. Section VII discusses state laws that affect the possession of firearms everywhere, including airports. Sections VIII and IX, discuss state laws concerning private establishments, including bars and restaurants. Section X analyzes state laws on whether the carrying of a firearm in an airport is a disturbance of the peace or a public nuisance or violates other state laws. Section XI discusses licenses to carry a firearm, including carrying it openly or in a concealed manner. Section XII examines the issue of whether state statutes preempt the regulation of firearms by local governments. Section XIII discusses how law enforcement officers may be able to respond to persons carrying a firearm in an airport. Section XIV reviews federal statutes that apply to the possession of firearms at airports. Section XV discusses liability for prohibiting the carrying of a firearm in an airport terminal or on other airport property.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 68p
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    Open Access (libre)

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01606982
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309375559
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ACRP Project 11-01, Topic 07-01
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 1 2016 8:35AM