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I am a pilot, it’s my job.

You can carry more places on an airport than you may think. In Tennessee, where I’m from, you can carry anywhere outside the TSA security inspection stations on your way to board an airline flight. Except for Nashville, which has posted (mostly) against lawful carry in the terminal and also on the gates into the general aviation area.

I work as a professional pilot on a small jet and some other, smaller airplanes. This year I also became a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit holder, or HCP as they call it here, and I have jumped in with both feet into the carry lifestyle. I carry EVERYWHERE I legally can, even at home sitting in front of the television, and at church.

I guess you can imagine I get around.

I study the laws of the states I visit closely, and then state-specific forums to have a better idea of what to expect. This week I went to Wichita, Kansas. Upon arriving I was dismayed to see a great many businesses correctly posted restricting legal carry of a firearm. Many more than I see at home. This included Signature Flight Support where we (I and the guy flying with me) decided to leave the airplane for a few days.

When I got back to Signature today I legally drove armed onto their ramp to load the airplane with my baggage, then disarmed so I could go inside. This bothered me and I decided to confront so I met with the general manager.

You can imagine what went through my head on how I thought it would go. I went to the competition to compare fees and to see if they were posted to gain, you know, ammunition. Sorry, no pun intended.

I told the GM I had enjoyed his facility’s hospitality except for one thing: “Why are you posted against people legally carrying firearms?” He said they were posted because they had to be. I told him, no, that that was not true, that there was no Kansas statute that forced him to post. Besides, his competition wasn’t posted.

He was quite surprised. He then patted his right hip where apparently was an empty holster and said he had a permit as well and had wished he could carry there. He said when he started two years ago the signs were already up and he just assumed that the signs were required. We wound up having a great conversation. He vowed the next time I returned the signs would be down but heck he didn’t even wait that long. As my partner and I were walking out to depart he was there at the exit and showed me the razor in his hand, stating after he saw us off he was bringin’ ‘em down! He even marshaled us out, which I’ve never had a GM do.

Wichita has one less place that unfairly restricts your right to carry.
 

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Thank you for getting another 'gunbuster sign' down in Wichita, KS! The press here and some Law enforcement agencys have been putting out false info to store owners. I have personally gotten 6 businesses to unpost. The best one was as a lady business owner (and friend) was about half done getting a 'gunbuster sign' taped in place. Again Thanks!
 

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We need more people like you
 

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Need more like him. Thanks for educating him.
 

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Good job
 

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Interesting info. I am a pilot too, and I do carry whenever possible. However, outside the Albany International Airport (ALB), it is posted BEFORE the TSA security zone. I asked the Albany County Sheriff about this once, and he said that the airport terminal is one of the few places legal owners cannot carry, even though it's legal everywhere else.
 
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