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Fla. bills could allow guns in airport terminals

Posted at 8:06 AM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 12:24:46-05

Two bills filed Thursday would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry firearms in airport terminals.

The identical bills (SB 1500 and HB 4051), filed by Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, and Rep. Jake Raburn, R-Lithia, will be considered during the legislative session that starts Tuesday.

Under current law, people with concealed-weapons licenses are barred from carrying guns in airport terminals, with exceptions for situations such as people shipping guns.

The bills would lift the prohibition, though people could not have firearms in what are known as airport "sterile areas."

Those areas are generally controlled by the federal Transportation Security Administration and include parts of airports where passengers board planes.

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