Evans man charged with possession of pistol in airport

Monday, April 22, 2013 10:21 PM
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Man charged with gun at airport

An Evans man was arrested Monday at Augusta Regional Airport after authorities found a pistol in his carry-on bag, police said.

Louis Wade Adler, 37, of Farmington Drive, was stopped during security screening by Transportation Security Administration officers who spotted a .380-caliber pistol in his bag, according to Capt. Steve Johnson, of the Rich­mond County Marshal’s Office. The TSA screeners alerted county marshals, who took Adler into custody, Johnson said.

“He said he forgot it was in there,” Johnson said. “Actually, it’s illegal to carry a weapon anywhere in the airport, period, even with a permit.”

Adler was charged with a misdemeanor offense and booked into the Richmond County jail. He was released on $2,500 bond, according to jail records.

– From staff reports

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Georgialina
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Georgialina 04/22/13 - 11:06 pm
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Seriously

This ____ expects anyone to believe that he "forgot" his weapon was in his carry on? #1) I can tell you exactly where every one of my weapons are any day, any time. I have NEVER forgot where one is. #2) When he (or whoever) packed the bag, you think a gun would have stood out??? When I fly, I check all pockets of my bag to make sure everything in there meets TSA standards. What are people thinking these days??

Young Fred
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Young Fred 04/23/13 - 12:15 am
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Have to agree with

Have to agree with Georgialina on this one. When I fly I'm supper paranoid, can't see how anyone would forget he's packing. There must be more to this story. The guy wanted to get caught for some reason.

jmo
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jmo 04/23/13 - 03:18 am
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Most of us wouldn't.....

do it; but he probably did forget or was just extremely careless. How could anyone think a firearm would get through the x-ray machine?

Dixieman
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Dixieman 04/23/13 - 06:04 am
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GIMME YOUR POINTS

Happened to a friend of mine, retired Army LTC, who was in a rush and forgot, as far away from being a threat as the Pope. I think this is credible.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/23/13 - 07:18 am
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YES & NO

Yes he could have forgot
No he should not be arrested and charged unless criminal intend can be proven. Confiscate the weapon or pay a fine and have it returned.

Regarding Guns:
http://blog.tsa.gov/search/label/Week%20In%20Review
scroll down and look at the number of pistols found in a week.

In another BLOG I read of a TSA agent stating they see a number of situations where the person turns out to be innocent. It boiled down to a ticked off spouse that planted things in the travel bags in hopes of stopping their road warrior spouses constant travels.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/23/13 - 07:51 am
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It is credible, IF

he used the same bag for overnight travel by car.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/23/13 - 08:49 am
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Ease up folks

The older you get the more you forget..it happens.

MarinerMan
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MarinerMan 04/23/13 - 09:08 am
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If He Has A Permit
Unpublished

If he has a valid carry permit, then I am less inclined to think that there is criminal intent. And as stated above, if he uses the same bag for car travel, I can see it. Something similar happened several years ago. An EMT was showing me how his jump bag was organized -- he opened a pocket, and lo and behold, there was his little .380. Oops. It can happen...

bdouglas
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bdouglas 04/23/13 - 09:17 am
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“He said he forgot it was in

“He said he forgot it was in there,” Johnson said. “Actually, it’s illegal to carry a weapon anywhere in the airport, period, even with a permit.”

It's a shame that even a captain in the RCMO doesn't know gun laws.

Georgia code states:
"§ 16-12-127. Prohibition on firearms, hazardous substances, knives, or other devices; penalty; affirmative defenses

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person, with the intention of avoiding or interfering with a security measure or of introducing into a terminal any explosive, destructive device, or hoax device as defined in Code Section 16-7-80; firearm for which such person does not have on his or her person a valid weapons carry license issued pursuant to Code Section 16-11-129..."

YES, the guy was illegal for having it in his carryon baggage. HOWEVER, in the terminal or parking lot (before you go past the security checkpoint) is perfectly legal if you have a valid carry license. It is NOT "illegal to carry a weapon anywhere in the airport, period, even with a permit," as Capt. Johnson seems to think.

Ego556
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Ego556 04/23/13 - 09:52 am
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actually bdouglas you are

actually bdouglas you are wrong. if Bush Field does not permit firearms on the property (which they do not) ,then one cannot have a firearm regardless of a permit. learn the law!

Ego556
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Ego556 04/23/13 - 09:58 am
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nocnoc - ever hear the term,

nocnoc - ever hear the term, ignorance of the law is no excuse?

bdouglas
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bdouglas 04/23/13 - 10:05 am
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@Ego556

It is not "the law" if it is a rule set by Bush Field. It is their own rule and, therefore, not "illegal" by definition. It's against their rules, but certainly not "illegal", as Capt. Johnson asserts. It is simply not allowed. A Marshal should know the difference.

Ego556
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Ego556 04/23/13 - 10:05 am
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bdouglas - i'm not going to

bdouglas - i'm not going to argue with you, but it is against the law to carry a weapon onto/into property that does not allow them. they didn't charge him with violating a rule. but to prove your point, go to your nearest post office with a pistol on your hip and let us know how it works out.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 04/23/13 - 10:12 am
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@Ego

I didn't assert that the arrestee was legal doing what he did. I said the Marshal was wrong. I specifically said the guy who was charged was illegal in doing what he did if you bothered to read my entire post.

A post office has nothing to do with my point. A post office is a government facility that isn't specifically singled out as to what portions of it are legal to carry within and what are not like an airport is in the law I cited.

And it is not "illegal" to carry in a place that says you cannot (that is not defined in the code of law). They can certainly ask you to leave, but it is not illegal. The Augusta Mall doesn't allow you to carry firearms inside, but it is perfectly LEGAL to do so. The only recourse they have is to ask you to leave if they find out. Same goes for the Bush Field *TERMINAL* in all areas before you pass the security checkpoint.

Ego556
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Ego556 04/23/13 - 10:15 am
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bdouglas - see you're

bdouglas - see you're confusing the mall with a federally mandated airport. better do some fact checking.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 04/23/13 - 10:19 am
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@Ego

And you brought up a post office that had nothing to do with it...? You're more than welcome to cite your facts if you wish. I cited mine with a link to the source...

Frank I
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Frank I 04/23/13 - 10:43 am
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@Ego

Bdouglas is correct. You should do a little more follow up research. It is not illegal for a person with a GWL to carry within the terminal up to the point of the security checkpoint. It may be forbidden by Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field, but the only recourse they initially have is to politely request that he leave the premises. GA SB 308

harley_52
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harley_52 04/23/13 - 10:58 am
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One Of My Conclusions...

...after watching discussions about guns and gun laws, especially over the last six months, or so, is that people who know the least are usually the ones who talk the most.

Come to think of it, that's true in most areas, not just guns.

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 04/23/13 - 11:00 am
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Could It Be

Could it be that this was a test to see if it could get through and then claim ignorance if caught? Who knows except Mr. Adler.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/23/13 - 11:24 am
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bdouglas, the law states that
Unpublished

bdouglas, the law states that if the owner of the property says you can't carry there, then it is illegal to carry there.........but that is SC law.....not GA law.

LLArms
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LLArms 04/23/13 - 11:41 am
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As others have surely pointed

As others have surely pointed out there is a big huge drop of wrong information in this article.

It is illegal to carry a firearm beyond a security check point or in a secure area.

You are absolutely perfectly legal to carry your firearm in any portion of the airport that does not require you to pass through a security check point or access a secure area via some sort of badge, ID number, or so forth.

Someone needs to get their information in order before they get the airport sued. *cough* Marshal Johnson *cough*

Maybe I'll go OC there this weekend.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 04/23/13 - 11:46 am
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@Humble Angela

That applies to private property, not public places, businesses, etc. Business owners can only tell you to leave; SC or GA. After that point they can call the cops for trespassing if you refuse to leave, but only then is anything illegal.

harley_52
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harley_52 04/23/13 - 11:50 am
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Is It Illegal....

...to carry a pressure cooker in an airport, I mean before you go through the security check point?

bdouglas
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bdouglas 04/23/13 - 11:54 am
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@harley_52

Only if it has less than 3.5 ounces of liquid in it... (c;

LLArms
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LLArms 04/23/13 - 11:57 am
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As a follow up I suggest

As a follow up I suggest everyone email mjones@augustaga.gov the Captain of the actual marshall's department and politely ask that Captain Johnson be properly educated before he ends up violating someones rights and getting the airport and department sued.

LLArms
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LLArms 04/23/13 - 11:59 am
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Humble Angela, Signs carry no

Humble Angela,

Signs carry no weight in Georgia. You have to be verbally asked to leave the property by the owner or an acting agent of the owner (ie; manager) - then and ONLY then can the cops become involved due to trespassing.

A business could have a 10' x 10' sign saying firearms are prohibited and you are still perfectly legal per state law to walk right on in.

harley_52
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harley_52 04/23/13 - 01:11 pm
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LLArms and bdouglas...

Good info. Thanks...

LLArms
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LLArms 04/23/13 - 12:21 pm
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Now to clarify, if a store is

Now to clarify, if a store is absolutely anti-gun I suggest you spend your money elsewhere. These types of businesses respect one thing and one thing only; your wallet.

cj1
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cj1 04/23/13 - 12:53 pm
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pfff...

Captain Johnson is an "ACTUAL" Captain with the Marshal's Office. He does not report to Captain Jones as LLArms has politely asked people to email. Captain Johnson is not only the head of law enforcement at the Augusta Regional Airport but also the Airport's Security Director. He is a fine Captain and highly educated in Airport Security. Do not slam him for doing his job. He is following County Ordinances and Airport Security Proceedures. If you are a law abiding citizen you have no reason to complain. Just follow the rules and the Law. SIMPLE. EASY. Doen't take a rocket scientist to figure this out.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 04/23/13 - 12:58 pm
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@LLArms

And there are a very specific set of requirements for that signage in SC for it to hold any weight. But at the same time, it's still a matter of leaving if they ask you to leave. If you are a license holder, then I'd probably reconsider patronizing those kind of establishments anyway if they obviously don't want you there.

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