Atlanta (WAOK/WSBTV) — Chief Magistrate Court Judge Wanda Dallas has changed the policy for people caught with handguns that are traveling through Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. It is a change for the airport that led the nation in the number of weapons confiscated and people arrested, with 97 last year and 76 so far this year. According to Clayton County Solicitor Tasha Mosley, the new policy will save the county money because they are not housing people overnight.
Travelers caught with guns are usually required to spend the night in jail and then go before a judge before they are released. In most cases, these travelers miss their flights. With a large number of people arrested being high-profile business travelers, this new policy will be well-received. Still, many frequent airline travelers do not agree with the policy. “It’s not enough,” says Janet Rose “I think they should get more penalty than that.” Traveler Ross Sachs thinks that the new policy makes things too lenient for people caught with guns.
Those arrested with clean records will not have to go before a judge before being released.
Written by: Sherman H. Smith Jr. (WAOK/Intern)