In Many US airports, Guns are OK Outside Security

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ATLANTA (AP) _ Security is generally tight at the largest U.S.

But anti-terrorism experts say there's one glaring loophole at
some of them. It's perfectly legal to take a loaded gun right up to the
security checkpoint.

An Associated Press survey of the 20 busiest U.S. airports found that seven of them let people with gun permits carry firearms in the general public areas of the terminal.

Many experts say that could endanger innocent people. Some suggest allowing guns in terminals is practically asking for them to be smuggled aboard a plane.

Other authorities say the nonsecure areas of the terminal are no different from other public venues and don't warrant special restrictions.

Under federal law, it's illegal everywhere to try to carry a gun through a security checkpoint. The rest of the terminal, however, has long been the domain of state and local authorities.

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