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  posted on 6/8/2015 at 04:37 PM
http://wgntv.com/2015/06/04/georgia-man-legally-carries-ar-15-rifle-into-ai rport/

ATLANTA, Ga. — Jim Cooley dropped off his daughter at the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta with his wife and his AR-15 semi-automatic rifle by his side.

Though his choice of accessory turned the heads of flyers and security alike, everything Cooley did was perfectly legal, the New York Daily News reports.

Cooley, a native of Chicago, told the New York Daily News that he is allowed to carry the rifle in the airport and has no concerns about igniting fears in people who see him packing heat in a public place.

“People think that if you’re simply carrying your firearm, regardless of how you’re carrying it, you’re a bad person,” he said. “But if you’re not carrying it in a menacing or threatening manner, it should be no cause for concern for anybody.”

A Georgia state law passed in July allows licensed gun owners to carry their weapons in a variety of public places, including bars, school grounds, places of worship and some areas of commercial airports, the News York Daily News reports.

 
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  posted on 6/8/2015 at 04:40 PM
Wondering how everybody feels about this. Sure, Georgia just passed a law saying that this was perfectly legal. So, for those that think this is a good idea and a good law, would you feel the same way if it was a group of Muslims carrying AR-15 rifles around the Atlanta airport?
 

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  posted on 6/8/2015 at 04:46 PM
Great, just what we need. More guns! Maybe this guy isn't concerned, but is there anyone among us who wouldn't turn their head or be concerned at all about seeing a guy carrying a rifle in a major metro airport? What if that person was wearing a hijab or burqa or thobe or ghutra or other traditional Islamic garb?

I'm sure this guy in LA was not carrying his rifle in a menacing or threatening manner either, right up until he opened fire...

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/lax-gunman-opens-fire-la-airport-a rticle-1.1503916






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  posted on 6/8/2015 at 06:24 PM
I myself own a couple of guns. I appreciate the fact that I can do so here in America should I wish to engage in hunting or to defend my home from an intruder (like say the two escapee's from Danamora prison a few hours north of me). But for the life of me I don't understand why people insist on carrying them practically anywhere they go. I just don't get it.
 

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  posted on 6/8/2015 at 07:37 PM
Wyatt Earp didn't allow guns in Tombstone. ok didn't work out that well but....eventually it did.

 

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  posted on 6/9/2015 at 07:07 AM
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I myself own a couple of guns. I appreciate the fact that I can do so here in America should I wish to engage in hunting or to defend my home from an intruder (like say the two escapee's from Danamora prison a few hours north of me). But for the life of me I don't understand why people insist on carrying them practically anywhere they go. I just don't get it.


As a fellow gun owner and hunter, I agree with you 100%.

I've never felt the need to take my AR to the grocery store.

 

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  posted on 6/9/2015 at 08:04 AM
So you can carry a loaded AR-15 semi into any public facility ... but if you get caught tokin' on a doobie they'll haul you off to jail. This is all phucked up, folks.

 

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  posted on 6/9/2015 at 10:08 AM
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“People think that if you’re simply carrying your firearm, regardless of how you’re carrying it, you’re a bad person,” he said.


I wouldn't think he was a bad person, just a knucklehead doing something stupid and unnecessarily calling attention to himself.

 

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I wouldn't think he was a bad person, just a knucklehead doing something stupid and unnecessarily calling attention to himself.


Like going into a known Christian oriented pizza joint and asking them if they would cater a gay wedding?

 

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I wouldn't think he was a bad person, just a knucklehead doing something stupid and unnecessarily calling attention to himself.


Like going into a known Christian oriented pizza joint and asking them if they would cater a gay wedding?

Who did that?

The pizza place in Indiana that you may be referring to called attention to themselves by giving a media interview about the controversial Indiana law. “If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no. We are a Christian establishment,” co-owner Crystal O’Connor told local news outlet WBND-TV Tuesday evening. No one went in and actually asked them to do it, it was a hyptherical. Unnecessarily calling attention to themselves was a good move financially though with almost a million bucks generated via GoFundMe. Wonder how many years they would have had to operate to generate that amount of income?

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I wouldn't think he was a bad person, just a knucklehead doing something stupid and unnecessarily calling attention to himself.


Like going into a known Christian oriented pizza joint and asking them if they would cater a gay wedding?

Who did that?

The pizza place in Indiana that you may be referring to called attention to themselves by giving a media interview about the controversial Indiana law. “If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no. We are a Christian establishment,” co-owner Crystal O’Connor told local news outlet WBND-TV Tuesday evening. No one went in and actually asked them to do it, it was a hyptherical. Unnecessarily calling attention to themselves was a good move financially though with almost a million bucks generated via GoFundMe. Wonder how many years they would have had to operate to generate that amount of income?

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They had a sign in the front window. PLEASE COME IN AND INTERVIEW US ABOUT GAY WEDDINGS.

 

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  posted on 6/9/2015 at 12:30 PM
It doesn't surprise me in the leading nation of gun ownership and gun death.

 

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So you can carry a loaded AR-15 semi into any public facility ... but if you get caught tokin' on a doobie they'll haul you off to jail. This is all phucked up, folks.


Absolutely agree....It's crazy.

 

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  posted on 6/9/2015 at 04:33 PM

Finding a group of turban wearing-America loving and gun loving muslims will be a challenge. in fact, Discovery can run with my idea for a show called "American Camo & Koran"

 

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Finding a group of turban wearing-America loving and gun loving muslims will be a challenge. in fact, Discovery can run with my idea for a show called "American Camo & Koran"



Who said that you have to be America loving to carry around a gun in an airport? Apparently, it's perfectly legal for a turban wearing Muslim to carry around a gun in the Atlanta airport while wearing a death to America t-shirt. That my friend is both the 1st and 2nd Amendments working for you. That is guns making America a safer place. But hey, we can thank all those legislatures bought and paid for by the NRA for this stupid law. God bless 'Murica

 

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Who said that you have to be America loving to carry around a gun in an airport? Apparently, it's perfectly legal for a turban wearing Muslim to carry around a gun in the Atlanta airport while wearing a death to America t-shirt. That my friend is both the 1st and 2nd Amendments working for you. That is guns making America a safer place. But hey, we can thank all those legislatures bought and paid for by the NRA for this stupid law. God bless 'Murica


It is Georgia State Law, not the 1st or 2nd Amendment that allows Mr. Cooley to carry a gun into the Atlanta Airport, along with fact that he probably also possesses a concealed weapons permit.

If a turban wearing Muslim obtained a concealed weapons permit for the State of Georgia and complied with all other regulations in that locale, they too could do the same, it is not perfectly legal - as you say - until that time.

Like Mr. Cooley's comments in the articles say, other peoples fears are not his problem and that if people are concerned, they need to be more educated on the laws.

I for one would never do what this man did, but he is obviously trying to make a point about being legal and DOING NOTHING WRONG.

What does irk me is that with this issue or any others, is that you or anyone "assumes" they know what is best for any other part of the country. How do you know what the people of Georgia want in their laws? And if you say you are from Georgia, then why aren't you campaigning to have the law changed?

I am pretty sure where I live, carrying a gun into the local airport is not legal as it is in Georgia, I have no desire to bitch about the laws in Georgia.

 

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It is Georgia State Law, not the 1st or 2nd Amendment that allows Mr. Cooley to carry a gun into the Atlanta Airport, along with fact that he probably also possesses a concealed weapons permit.


Asa far as I can tell, Georgia does not require a carry permit nor a Georgia Weapons Permit to carry a long gun.

http://www.georgiacarry.org/cms/georgias-carry-laws-explained/frequently-as ked-questions/

 

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Who said that you have to be America loving to carry around a gun in an airport? Apparently, it's perfectly legal for a turban wearing Muslim to carry around a gun in the Atlanta airport while wearing a death to America t-shirt. That my friend is both the 1st and 2nd Amendments working for you. That is guns making America a safer place. But hey, we can thank all those legislatures bought and paid for by the NRA for this stupid law. God bless 'Murica


It is Georgia State Law, not the 1st or 2nd Amendment that allows Mr. Cooley to carry a gun into the Atlanta Airport, along with fact that he probably also possesses a concealed weapons permit.

If a turban wearing Muslim obtained a concealed weapons permit for the State of Georgia and complied with all other regulations in that locale, they too could do the same, it is not perfectly legal - as you say - until that time.

Like Mr. Cooley's comments in the articles say, other peoples fears are not his problem and that if people are concerned, they need to be more educated on the laws.

I for one would never do what this man did, but he is obviously trying to make a point about being legal and DOING NOTHING WRONG.

What does irk me is that with this issue or any others, is that you or anyone "assumes" they know what is best for any other part of the country. How do you know what the people of Georgia want in their laws? And if you say you are from Georgia, then why aren't you campaigning to have the law changed?

I am pretty sure where I live, carrying a gun into the local airport is not legal as it is in Georgia, I have no desire to bitch about the laws in Georgia.


I don't think he needed a concealed weapon permit as it was open carry. So any moron or mentally disturbed person can do the same. I'm not a Georgia resident, but I fly to Atlanta once a year, and sometimes I have other flights that connect there. So, as a non-resident I can't exactly vote in this matter, but as a user of that airport I think I have every right to be concerned, as apparently other users in that airport were. Of course I have the right to avoid Georgia altogether and no longer spend a couple thousand of my tourist dollars there every year. Some people who have to do so for business might not have that choice unless they find another job. But, it's just a matter time until some person not carrying a weapon in a threatening manner changes that in a blink of an eye and opens fire at a Delta Airlines counter (ok, I can't blame them for that - f you Delta Airlines), and people will start to wonder what hell they were thinking with such a dumb law.

 

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  posted on 6/12/2015 at 04:29 PM
Reminds me of the time I staggered into a movie obviously drunk after a day of tree thinning carrying a 30 inch Stihl. Olympia Washington mid 1980's, nobody gave it a second glance. My how times have changed.
 
 


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