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Posted: 7/17/2003 6:21:58 PM EDT
From an article on guns in the cockpit. The TSA wants a gun that fits this description:

TSA officials then began looking for another federal contract with Glock on which they could piggyback for larger, extended purchases, these sources said. Although TSA officials initially favored buying revolvers—which trainers recommended as being easier to maintain and use in the confined space of a cockpit, sources said—they decided late last year that a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun should be the pilots' standard firearm—in particular, a law enforcement model capable of firing a magazine of 12 or more hollow-point bullets.

Okay since when a airline pilots LEOs and exempt from the magazine ban of 1994? Please explain.

CRC

Link Posted: 7/17/2003 6:46:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/17/2003 6:49:09 PM EDT by Mb121]
simple, laws can be changed or added to if a need arises. A new law could be made.
Link Posted: 7/18/2003 11:46:04 AM EDT
From what I understand, the pilots would actually be a type of sworn law enforcement official. They have special powers while in the air, so this would seem like a logical progression.
Link Posted: 7/19/2003 12:24:47 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/19/2003 12:27:29 AM EDT by BigJ491]
Here's an excerpt from the link I posted.


“To ensure the safety, security and retention of weapons, conventional law enforcement practices require officers to carry their assigned weapons on their persons,” said Woerth. “Because the law defines FFDOs as federal law enforcement officers, they should be treated as such, and when authorized to transport their weapons, be permitted to carry them on their person, as do their federal, state and local law enforcement peers.”


Federal Flight Deck Officers

FFDO Link#2

It basically created a new Federal Law Enforcement posititon, which allows for them to carry those powers while en route to work and while working. It's their plane, and they can finaly take FULL charge of it if they have too.

To answer you question about the Hi-Cap mags, they are not subject to civilian magazine restrictions, as they are considered FLEOs.

And, if you're up for more reading on it, here's the link to House Bill H.R.4635 which is the initiative passed that created the FFDOs.
Link Posted: 7/19/2003 9:09:02 AM EDT
Okay that makes sense.

Thanks

CRC
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