Surprise, Surprise: Ft. Lauderdale Shooting Took Place in a Gun-Free Zone

The mass shooting that took place at the airport in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida occurred in an essentially gun-free zone. It wasn’t as gun-free as say, a public school, as a licensed person would be allowed to carry a firearm in his luggage, provided that the gun is “unloaded, locked in a rigid container and declared before traveling.”

Other than that, you aren’t allowed to carry firearms. You can’t carry it on your person for self-defense. The only way you can transport it is if it’s stowed away and rendered completely useless. So, where the shooter opened fire was essentially a gun-free zone. AWR Hawkins with Breitbart expounded:

Florida law designates an airport “passenger terminal” as one of the many places that law-abiding citizens are not allowed to carry a gun for self-defense.

The Florida Senate’s list of Florida Statutes states that a “[concealed carry] license issued under this section does not authorize any person to openly carry a handgun or carry a concealed weapon or firearm into…the inside of the passenger terminal and sterile area of any airport, provided that no person shall be prohibited from carrying any legal firearm into the terminal, which firearm is encased for shipment for purposes of checking such firearm as baggage to be lawfully transported on any aircraft.”

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In other words, it is legal to have a gun with you if it is “encased” for travel–say, for the purposes of a hunting or shooting trip–but it is not legal to have one otherwise. This mean law-abiding Floridians with concealed carry licenses were barred from having their guns on their persons for self-defense while at the baggage claim where the January 6 attack occurred. The Crime Prevention Research Center notes that “Florida is one of only six states that completely ban concealed carry at airports.”

Twenty-six-year-old Esteban Santiago had only a gun in his checked luggage. It seems he flew all the way from Anchorage, Alaska to Ft. Lauderdale to shoot people in the baggage claim area.

He had retrieved his firearm from his luggage at baggage claim, loaded it in the bathroom, and came out shooting. Five people were killed, and at least eight others were injured.

Once he ran out of ammo, he waited for law enforcement to take him into custody, which they did without firing a shot.

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