UPDATED: Shooting at Fort Lauderdale airport in yet another gun-free zone, 44 states allow concealed carry at airports

6 Jan , 2017  

A shooting today at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has left at least 5 dead and 13 injured.  Not surprisingly, Florida is one of only 6 states with laws that banned carrying guns in the unsecured areas of airports.  A move was killed in 2016 to overturn this ban, and the reason for overturning it seems very applicable to today’s events.  Time after time these attacks keep occurring at places where civilians aren’t allowed to defend themselves.

A Broward County official indicates that the killer, Esteban Santiago, had checked is gun in on his flight and that when he got his baggage he took his gun into the restroom where he loaded it.  Guns on planes have to be unloaded when they are checked in the baggage, ammunition must be stored separately. Guns locked up. Point is that others in the non sterile areas at airport were obeying rules not to carry.

Apparently, the killer felt he was on a mission from ISIS: “Esteban Santiago, reportedly walked into the FBI field office in Anchorage, Alaska in November and told officials he was being forced to fight for the terrorist group. ISIS has not taken credit for the attack.

From the Miami Herald:

A proposal to let some gun-owners carry concealed weapons in Florida airport terminals was approved by its first Senate committee on Tuesday, but its chances at becoming law this year are nearly impossible because a House version has yet to be considered.

SB 1500 by Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, is among several gun bills under consideration by the Republican-led Legislature this year that aim to expand gun-owners’ rights and specifically those of the 1.5 million people with concealed weapons permits in Florida.

Simpson said the legislation is needed because airport terminals “could become more of a target” for terrorists and criminals, since they are among 15 areas codified in state law where even concealed-weapons permit-holders can’t carry weapons. “Sterile” areas of airports — those past security checkpoints and controlled by the federal Transportation Security Administration — would remain a prohibited area for weapons.

The bill received initial approval from the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Tuesday by a 3-2 vote, along party lines with Democrats in opposition. . . .

Simpson said the legislation is intended to let “law-abiding citizens” carry concealed when they visit airports, such as when dropping off or picking up family and friends or when dining or shopping in commercial areas that are outside security checkpoints. . . .

As Florida Carry notes:

The Federal government has determined that the “sterile area” is the “sensitive place” at an airport but Florida has gone much farther and banned even licensed carry inside the entire terminal, on this topic Florida is one of the most restrictive places in the country.

This has lead to confusion in the past even outside the terminal.  In one case a lawful concealed carry licensee had his firearm become accidentally exposed while helping to unload luggage for someone who he was dropping off at the airport.  Airport police overreacted and he ended up cuffed on the sidewalk outside until the officers realized their mistake. . . .

Other info:

This killer reportedly had a military ID.  Identified as Esteban Santiago, 26.  CNN is accused of doctoring Santiago’s photo (see here).

UPDATE:

“Santiago served in the U.S. military, first in the Puerto Rico Army National Guard in 2007, according to the Department of Defense. He was deployed to Iraq in April 2010 as a combat engineer and returned to the U.S. in early 2011. In November 2014, after moving to Alaska, he joined the Alaska National Guard. Santiago was honorably discharged four months ago, according to ABC News.”


25 Responses

  1. […] their persons for self-defense while at the baggage claim where the January 6 attack occurred. The Crime Prevention Research Center notes that “Florida is one of only six states that completely ban concealed carry at […]

  2. Roger says:

    99.8% of mass shooting victims have been disarmed in an effort to keep who safe?

    • Cauthon says:

      I used to think that empowerment of criminals was just unintended consequences from gun control laws passed by people who really thought they were contributing to public safety. Lately I have begun to wonder about that. There has been so much research published, the case against gun control laws is so solid, it is hard to see how any of our politicians can still be ignorant of the truth. Some people are angry when the police do their job and confront a criminal, and shoot said criminal after he beats up the cop and tries to steal his gun; if they demand that the police should not protect the public against criminals, it is not all that much different when they pass laws to prevent the people from protecting themselves. The life of a criminal is more valuable than mine. IMHO there is something strange about that.

  3. Gerald Joslin says:

    I wouldn’t believe anything that CNN said. Totally biased lame stream media democrats. They proved for 8 years that they were Obama’s butt monkeys.

  4. […] their persons for self-defense while at the baggage claim where the January 6 attack occurred. The Crime Prevention Research Center notes that “Florida is one of only six states that completely ban concealed carry at […]

  5. […] their persons for self-defense while at the baggage claim where the January 6 attack occurred. The Crime Prevention Research Center notes that “Florida is one of only six states that completely ban concealed carry at […]

  6. […] their persons for self-defense while at the baggage claim where the January 6 attack occurred. The Crime Prevention Research Center notes that “Florida is one of only six states that completely ban concealed carry at […]

  7. Candelario Perez says:

    I think it is better to be prepared than to have to regret it ,,, that is why I am armed at all times ,,, as the refrain says ,,, if you want peace prepare for war

  8. Bartosh Rudnicki says:

    You’ve posted a wrong picture of Estaban Santiago. And I’m unable to find anything in the 790 statutes saying you can’t carry in the airport except inside the passenger terminal and sterile area. Can anyone else?

  9. […] their persons for self-defense while at the baggage claim where the January 6 attack occurred. The Crime Prevention Research Center notes that “Florida is one of only six states that completely ban concealed carry at […]

  10. Anthony says:

    What is there about the word “concealed” that is so hard to understand, or, in practice, so difficult to perform?

  11. […] Crime Prevention Research Center reports that Florida is one of only six states that prohibit concealed carry permit holders from […]

  12. […] Crime Prevention Research Center reports that Florida is one of only six states that prohibit concealed carry permit holders from […]

  13. […] Crime Prevention Research Center reports that Florida is one of only six states that prohibit concealed carry permit holders from […]

  14. […] Crime Prevention Research Center reports that Florida is one of only six states that prohibit concealed carry permit holders from […]

  15. […] by banning concealed carry permitholders from carrying a firearm for self defense. According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, “Florida is one of only six states that completely ban concealed carry at airports.” Yet, […]

  16. John Parker says:

    According to the statute you can carry in parts of the airport.

    FS 790.06

    (12)(a) A license issued under this section does not authorize any person to openly carry a handgun or carry a concealed weapon or firearm in:

    14. The inside of the passenger terminal and sterile area of any airport, provided that no person shall be prohibited from carrying any legal firearm into the terminal, which firearm is encased for shipment for purposes of checking such firearm as baggage to be lawfully transported on any aircraft; or

    • johnrlott says:

      The point here is that you can’t carry in a way that the gun can be used in self defense. What does it mean for “firearm encased for shipment” mean? “Firearms must be unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container and transported as checked baggage only. Only the passenger should retain the key or combination to the lock.” “Firearm parts, including magazines, clips, bolts and firing pins, are prohibited in carry-on baggage, but may be transported in checked baggage.”

  17. […] persons for self-defense while at the baggage claim where the January 6 attack occurred. The Crime Prevention Research Center notes that “Florida is one of only six states that completely ban concealed carry at […]

  18. […] Yep – it was a “gun free zone“: […]

  19. […] identify those who are a danger to others, let the law-abiding defend themselves. Florida is only one of six states with such a ban on carrying guns in unsecured areas […]

  20. Matt Marr says:

    Disarm the US citizens – the ONE and ONLY task that still must be completed in the US and EU, ever since systemic collapse in July 2007.
    The changes in script ever since show
    – how weak the illuminati are;
    – how totally brainwashed the human cattle is, allowing the illuminati, despite their weakness, to transport them to the slaughterhouse.
    http://citizens-disarmed.blogspot.com/2012/12/traitors-role-in-script-nra-to.html

  21. […] is already one of only six states that ban legal gun owners from carrying firearms at airports, and the federal government currently […]

  22. […] Elswick on the giant 50,000 Watt KARN-FM about the shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and the fact that the airport was yet another mass public shooting at another gun-free zone. […]

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