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Can you carry at an airport if you are not flying?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Wenis, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. Wenis

    Wenis Tri-Cities, WA Member

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    With all the Bodyscanner crap and molestations, is there any law saying you can't conceal carry or open carry at an airport?
     
  2. Gunner69

    Gunner69 Hillsboro Member

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    As long as you are not in or trying to enter the secured area you're legal per ORS but Port of Portland will probably still hassle you.
     
  3. Wenis

    Wenis Tri-Cities, WA Member

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    Anyone on here ever open carried at the airport?
     
  4. Wenis

    Wenis Tri-Cities, WA Member

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    I just texted a cop friend and he said airports are private businesses and carrying is not forbidden if you don't pass the security gates.

    Food for thought: Why is a government entity such as the TSA running security for a private business?
     
  5. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    that IS the multi-billion-dollar-question. you'd be famous if you could figure it out.
     
  6. huntpotter

    huntpotter SW WA Negotiator Bronze Supporter

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    I never have. I'm sure there are some uniformed officers on here that have. But if you aren't wearing a uniform, and you just want to play cowboy, I'ld imagine they might not think it's too cool. You might get a swat team called in on you.
     
  7. spengo

    spengo GLORIOUS CASCADIA Active Member

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    I always concealed carry at airports if I am not flying.
     
  8. coloneltim

    coloneltim Korvallistan Member

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    The Portland airport is a public facility. ie; Port of Portland, public entity.
     
  9. gehrheart

    gehrheart fidalgo island Well-Known Member

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    Because gubmint need to be involved in everything.

    You know to make it work so well, just like every other agency....


    And to think they are going to control our heath care....:huh:
     
  10. Migo

    Migo NE Portland, Oregon Member

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    Can you let me know when you're going to open carry at PDX? I would like to see what happens from a distance! :wow:

    Conceal carry? Yes, it's legal. I do it all the time and I'll wait for my friends right outside the security gates while carrying. If it's truly concealed, nobody, including the Port of Portland will see it, so you can't be hassled, right?
     
  11. stitchclimber

    stitchclimber St. Louis Active Member

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    I carry at PDX
     
  12. vico512

    vico512 Seattle area Member

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    Cop friend is wrong. The Port of Seattle, and, I presume, the Port of Portland, are not private businesses. The POS is a port district, approved by the voters of King County and is governed by 5 elected commissioners. I'm guessing Portland is similar.
     
  13. ApronAmy

    ApronAmy Beaverton, OR Member

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    You are correct, as far as I could find out in a quick search.

    "A nine-member commission, appointed by the Governor of Oregon and ratified by the Oregon Senate, sets Port policy during its monthly meetings." From the Port's "Leadership" page. This leads me to believe the Port is a governmental entity of some sort, not a private business.
     
  14. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    They had tried to prohibit carrying firearms (including concealed). This was illegal as they are a state entity. The policy has been changed. I still wouldn't open carry there.

    Oregon Firearms Federation
     
  15. vico512

    vico512 Seattle area Member

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    That seems sensible. With all of the continuing issues at airports since 9/11, open carry in an airport would likely cause a lot of angst with many, and would just annoy others. It seems to me that open carry in an airport is just too much "in your face" stuff, and does nothing to put a positive spin on the public's view of responsible gun owners.

    No problem with concealed carry, where it is legal. You get a warm fuzzy, and no one is the wiser. Isn't that what it's all about?
     
  16. Celtic Armory

    Celtic Armory Port Orchard, WA Member

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    I have OCed at SEATAC but only in the passenger drop off/pick up area. There was a guy who OCed inside SEATAC a year or so ago and even though he was only in a stairwell connected with the parking garage and not even near the secure location he was disarmed and assaulted by security in front of his kid. He was later released after being held and threatened for an hour or so. He recounted his event on OCDO
     
  17. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Oregon Well-Known Member

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    They have "no weapons" policies there but as far as I've been able to find out they have no legal authority to do so, but they still try (like Oregon universities). It'll probably take someone getting arrested/hassled and a court case to get official clarification if someone wants to be the guinea pig and open carry there.
    The body scanners are inside the secured area and you can't carry anything in there.
     
  18. Contract_Pilot

    Contract_Pilot Vancouver, Washington Active Member

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    I carry sometimes open sometimes concealed at the airport even when I am flying. I just do not carry in TSA secured areas and they are posted.
     
  19. 8ball

    8ball WA Quit talkin' and start chalking!

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    The Port of Seattle realizes OC/CC is legal but they reserve the right to harass anyone I guess.

    http://www.portseattle.org/downloads/seatac/rulereg4-13-10.pdf

    According to OCDO, if you OC at Seatac you will get lots of love and attention from the Port of Seattle police, TSA and Air Marshalls.

    Asked to leave SeaTac Airport

    Arrested, Un-arrested, and Trespassed from SeaTac Airport

    The second thread is from 2008, before the PoS revised their policy.
     
  20. QXSOUP

    QXSOUP Portland, OR Member

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    As a 15 year airline employee, let me share with you some advice: DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT. Airports are a mess of federal/stale/local regulations. There is a STRONG possibility that if you are caught with a weapon, the TSA and the FBI will get involved. I saw it happen in 2003. There was a guy that was at the airport that was there to pick up his old, old, lady of a mother. He bent over and someone say his holster. The police were called. The TSA stuck their nose in the whole bit and eventually the FBI was involved. It was a mess for the guy...

    His mother was a frequent flier on the airline that I worked for at the time. She always mentioned what a hassle her son got in to.