Weapons at Port Columbus
Port Columbus Airport posts "no guns" signs on the entrances to the unsecured area of the terminal. Now as far as I understood the law, I am prohibited from bringing a weapon into a building that posts these signs, even if it is unloaded and in a piece of luggage.
Concerned that I would be violating state law by attempting to get my gun to the ticket counter to check it as baggage, I talked to the security department at Port Columbus.
He indicated that since it was unloaded and inside luggage and that I was bringing it in there for a legitimate purpose which was not to "carry" it, that it was OK.
That's fine for me, as far as the practicalities go, but as far as I can tell, there is nothing at all in state law to support that assertion. I am pretty sure that if I stopped on the way to the airport at a restaurant that served alcohol and carried my bag inside the restaurant with me, that in the unlikely chance it was revealed that the bag contained a gun, I would be guilty of breaking the law.
Or, for a more likely example, if one worked in a disarmed victim area, but one carried the gun unloaded and enclosed in, say, a briefcase, one would still be guilty of violating the concealed carry law?
It seems to me that there is absolutely nothing but the whim of the Port Columbus Police preventing me from being arrested and convicted just for bringing my gun to the ticket counter.
Lastly, purely my opinion, and I know I'm preaching to the choir, what in the world good does it do to post those signs if A) someone intent on shooting up the airport will ignore them and B) you can just bring the gun in unloaded and in a case and then, when the mind-corrupting rays from the gun make you suddenly turn into a crazed killer, just from having the gun, you can just load the gun and get started?
"A constitutional guarantee subject to future judges’ assessments of its usefulness is no constitutional guarantee at all." -- Justice Antonin Scalia, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ET AL. v. HELLER, June 26, 2008
Last edited by cloudbuster; 09-02-2008 at 11:47..