Seriously, who doesn’t know that they can’t carry in an airport. Just giving your guns away... sheesh.
A better solution might be to clearly warn people and charge an on-the-spot fine/fee of $100: "Take it back to your car, and pay over there to proceed to the boarding gate."
It seems like that would be a great place to live. Maybe we could write a book about that, only instead of "once upon a time," we could start the story with "When in the course of human events," and then in Part II it could start "We People of the Mythical Fairytale Land....."
You are responsible for maintaining physical custody of your weapon at all times. My only hope is that none of the people with innocent intent end up as felons.
Atlanta Airport is full of narcissistic idiots who think they own all your belongings, and most of them are McDonalds rejects.
Everyone who does not have a concealed carry permit shall be issued a metal badge which bears the imprint, "I am unarmed".
They shall be required to carry this badge at all times when outside airports. If found to be without this badge, they shall be arrested and charged with a felony.
Furthermore, the possession of this badge on an airplane shall be prohibited and persons found to be attempting to carry such a badge past a security checkpoint shall be arrested and charged with a felony.
Once this plan is implemented, those wishing to exercise their right to keep and bear arms will have an even playing field when it comes to being arrested.
I would predict that the punishments would be reduced dramatically within a year after many thousands of otherwise innocent people committed the crime of carrying their "I am unarmed" badges into restricted areas.
Here's the proper way to handle this problem:
"Sir, I see you have a firearm in your carry-on luggage. Since you are not a felon, I will remove the firearm, place it into a locked container, hand you the key, put the container into the cargo hold of the plane, and an airline employee will return the container to you when the plane lands. Have a nice flight."