Felons aren’t allowed to legally own firearms anywhere in the United States unless their rights have been restored. If they have, we generally don’t consider them to be anything but law-abiding citizens. Those who haven’t had their rights restored are a different matter entirely, and for good reason.
I mean, just consider recidivism rates.
And if you’re going to go through airport security, you shouldn’t have a gun no matter what.
It’s also a bad thing to have a negligent discharge, particularly in a crowded place. This is one of those things we like to harp on when we can because such incidents are incredibly dangerous and can injure or kill bystanders.
So imagine seeing someone manage to run afoul of all three of these. Kind of hard to imagine, right? Well, luckily, you don’t have to.
A man accidentally discharged a firearm at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Saturday afternoon, fled the scene, and is being sought by police, Fox News reports.
Law enforcement has identified the suspect as Kenny Wells and issued a warrant for his arrest. Wells is a convicted felon.
The gun reportedly went off when Wells reached inside his bag during a security check. According to the Washington Post,Transportation Security Administration agents had already detected the firearm via X-ray and were about to confiscate it. No one was struck by the shot, but panic ensued as bystanders, fearful of an “active shooter” situation, ran for cover. One person suffered minor injuries from a fall and two others reported shortness of breath.
Gun control activist Shannon Watts took to Twitter to blame the incident on an “NRA-supported ‘guns everywhere’ law allowing loaded guns inside airports” that Georgia lawmakers passed in 2014. However, Maj. Reginald Moorman of the airport police said Wells could be charged with carrying a concealed weapon at a commercial airport, suggesting that Wells was already breaking the law before he pulled the trigger.
That’s because he was.
The Georgia law in question does allow people to carry a firearm inside the unsecured parts of the airport, but only if they have a valid Georgia Weapons License.
As a felon, Wells didn’t have such a permit, which means that as per usual, Watts is wrong.
She should be used to it by now.
Then again, it’s not like Watts really cares about facts when she can try and slam the NRA.
The truth is that Wells not only didn’t have a permit, but he also didn’t have a lawfully-owned firearm. He broke the law just by possessing a gun. I mean, we have made a lot of progress in liberalizing Georgia’s gun laws, but we’re not allowing felons to buy them.
All of that and then he tops it off by having a negligent discharge inside one of the nation’s busiest airports. Talk about your bad days, right?
With the police looking for him, it’s really only a matter of time before he’s picked up. I’m going to guess that someone who does something like this isn’t going to be the criminal mastermind that can hide from the police for decades, only to come clean about their identity on their deathbed.