Following the January 6th shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz quickly pushed the idea of making it illegal for travelers to pack their firearms in their checked luggage. Though the incident happened in a gun free zone, the suspect had pulled his gun from his luggage in the baggage area before he began shooting.
Wasserman Schultz, the Democrat Congresswoman from Florida, said, “We certainly need to revisit and review whether or not you should be allowed to check firearms in your checked baggage and travel with them.” One option she is considering is creating a secure area where people who check guns have to go to pick up their firearm or to place a complete ban on checking ammunition.
Only six U.S. states have banned concealed carry permit holders from carrying a gun in unsecured areas as a means of self defense.
Representative Jake Raburn (R-57) has introduced legislation to repeal the gun-free requirements. Raburn believes that laws that mandate carrying a concealed weapon should be eliminated entirely. This would be done at the state level, as opposed to a federal one. In the event of future attacks, law abiding citizens would have the ability to offer some protection to themselves and others.