Sending Office: Honorable Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr.
Stop Loaded Guns from Entering Our Nation’s Airports
Cosponsor H.R. 1746, the Airport Security Act of 2017
November 8, 2017
Airports are the gateway to commerce throughout the world and the front door to the communities they connect for millions of passengers who visit the United States each year. In recent years, we have seen a compromise in airport safety with an increase in
the amount of guns discovered by the Transportation Security Administration and a record number of airport shootings. That is why I have introduced H.R. 1746, the Airport Security Act of 2017.
This bill, which has been referred to the House Committees on Homeland Security and the Judiciary, will make it illegal to carry loaded guns onto airport property. By expanding the Transportation Security Administration’s authority to non-federally regulated
areas of an airport, such as the lobby or baggage claim area, another layer of protection is added to our airports.
It is regular practice for passengers to remove their shoes, take out their laptop computers, but there is nothing prohibiting someone from bringing a loaded gun to the nation’s busiest airports.
If an airport is not secure, then the security of our airplanes could become compromised. Allowing loaded guns into airports could endanger airport workers, passengers, and people waiting to pick them up or to see them off. This legislation is an important
step towards making our nation’s airports more secure and safe for all Americans.
If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor the Airport Security Act of 2017, please contact Robin Chand at
firstname.lastname@example.org or at 5-1605.
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