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Today's Knoxville News-Sentinel reminds those who carry a defensive firearm to be careful where you carry it. The story notes* that

So far this year 45 guns have been confiscated at McGhee Tyson and the airports at Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga and the Tri-Cities area

Although it should seem obvious that you should know before you go, people sometimes are forgetful, and we have these costly situations occur.

Now, as inconvenient and costly as it can be to have your handgun discovered in a carry-on bag at TYS, it is as nothing, when compared to being found with a gun in despotic states, such as New Jersey or New York.

Better to commit the late Frank Lautenberg's favorite crime, misdemeanor domestic violence, in Jersey, than to possess a gun, or even a single hollow-point bullet. Of course, celebrity status** helps if you are in Atlantic County, New Jersey, Prosecutor Jim McClain's district, as we learn in the Ray Rice case. On the other hand, Pennsylvania resident Sheenan Allen gets the proverbial book thrown at her by McClain, and may end up doing hard time, convicted under an unconstitutional ban in Jersey.

This is certainly not an isolated incident. Take, for instance the trouble Brian Aitken got into. His mother called 911, and Aitken ended up in prison. Governor Chris Christie eventually commuted his sentence, but he still is stuck with a criminal record.

Then there is Greg Revell, who was arrested in 2005 when he tried to check his luggage with his gun at Newark. That did not go well for him. Too, there is Keenan Draughon, of Clarksville, TN, who was arrested at JFK airport, when he tried to check his guns there.

So, what's a person to do, if your flight with legally checked firearms gets diverted by weather or mechanical difficulty to one of these airports; or maybe to Chicago?

Here's what I would do. If that luggage comes into my possession for whatever reason, I plan to quietly rent a motel room, then a car as soon as weather conditions permit, and drive very carefully out of that despotic state into the nearest gun-friendly state. Indy is not too far from Chi-Town, and Philly is just southwest of Trenton. I may miss a meeting, but, maybe I will also miss a few days in their hoosegow.

*Unfortunately the KNS only allows subcribers view their online content.

**Celebrity status also helps in our Nation's Capital, as David Gregory can attest.


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A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. Proverbs 22:3 (NLT)


Disclaimer: The information and ideas presented in this column are provided for informational purposes only. Firearms, like cars, kitchen knives and life itself all can be dangerous. You should get professional training as part of any plan to use firearms for any purpose. I have made a reasonable, good-faith effort to assure that the content of this column is accurate. I have no control over what you do, and specifically accept no responsibility for anything you do as a result of reading my columns. Any action or lack of action on your part is strictly your responsibility.

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