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Impact of Firearms Laws on Airports

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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Legal Research Digest 29: Impact of Firearms Laws on Airports 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 right to carry guns at airports is subject to the U.S. Constitution, federal and state legislation, and judicial decisions. Some state laws allow guns to be carried openly in public places. Most state laws regulate how guns are to be carried in a vehicle or left in a public or an employer’s parking lot. These and other state laws also have ramifications for commercial airports in the United States.

Accompanying the report are appendices available online:

  • Appendix A: Survey Questions
  • Appendix B: List of Airports and Airport Authorities Responding to the Survey
  • Appendix C: Summary of Responses by Airports and Airport Authorities to the Survey
  • Appendix D: ACRP Web Only Document 29: Compendium of State and Federal Laws Affecting the Possession of Firearms at Airports
  • Appendix E: Airport Ordinances, Policies, and Rules and Regulations Provided by Airports Responding to the Survey

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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Impact of Firearms Laws on Airports. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/23597.

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66 pages | 8.5 x 11
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17226/23597
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Legal Research Digest 29: Impact of Firearms Laws on Airports 1-1
CONTENTS 2-2
INTRODUCTION 3-4
I. SYNTHESIS AND SUMMARY OF KEY POINTS AND TRENDS 5-6
II. FEDERAL CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS AND RECENT CASES 7-14
III. STATE LAWS PROHIBITING OR IMPOSING RESTRICTIONS ON THE POSSESSION OF FIREARMS ON PUBLIC STREETS AND HIGHWAYS, IN PUBLIC PLACES, AND IN MOTOR VEHICLES 15-20
IV. STATE LAWS ON THE POSSESSION OF A FIREARM IN A MOTOR VEHICLE IN A PUBLIC OR PRIVATE PARKING FACILITY 21-22
V. STATE LAWS THAT PROHIBIT FIREARMS IN PUBLICLY OWNED OR LEASED BUILDINGS 23-26
VI. FEDERAL AND STATE LAWS ON THE POSSESSION OF A FIREARM IN AIRPORT TERMINALS 27-35
VII. STATE LAWS THAT PROHIBIT THE POSSESSION OF FIREARMS BY CERTAIN PERSONS OR THAT PROHIBIT CERTAIN TYPES OF FIREARMS 36-37
VIII. STATE LAWS THAT ALLOW PRIVATE ESTABLISHMENTS TO PROHIBIT FIREARMS 38-40
IX. STATE LAWS PROHIBITING AN INDIVIDUAL FROM POSSESSING A FIREARM IN A BAR OR RESTAURANT SERVING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES FOR CONSUMPTION ON THE PREMISES 41-41
X. WHETHER THE CARRYING OF A FIREARM IN AN AIRPORT IS A DISTURBANCE OF THE PEACE OR VIOLATES OTHER STATE OR LOCAL LAWS 42-43
XI. STATE LAWS APPLICABLE TO INDIVIDUALS CARRYING A FIREARM IN VIOLATION OF THEIR LICENSE OR PERMIT 44-47
XII. RELATIONSHIP OF STATE STATUTES AND LOCAL LAWS REGULATING FIREARMS AT AIRPORTS 48-49
XIII. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS RESPONSE TO PERSONS CARRYING A FIREARM IN AN AIRPORT 50-51
XIV. FEDERAL STATUTES APPLICABLE TO THE POSSESSION OF FIREARMS IN AIRPORTS OR ON AIRPORT PROPERTY 52-54
XV. LIABILITY FOR PROHIBITING THE CARRYING OF A FIREARM IN AN AIRPORT TERMINAL OR ON OTHER AIRPORT PROPERTY 55-61
Conclusion 62-63
APPENDICES 64-64
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 65-68
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