Fmr JFK, LaGuardia Commanding Officer: Banning Guns From Checked Luggage Won’t Prevent Attacks Like Ft. Lauderdale

Following Friday’s shooting attack by gunman Esteban Santiago-Ruiz at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, former John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport Commanding Officer Kenneth Honig argued on MSNBC that banning people from having guns in their checked luggage would not prevent attacks like the one in Ft. Lauderdale from happening.

“The reality is there’s been a lot of talk over the last day about the fact that this gentleman’s gun was in his checked luggage,” he said. “The reality is he could have gotten out of a taxicab or a car and walked into the baggage claim area just like we’ve seen in attacks in Europe over the last couple of months.”

“What you need to have is a large amount of law enforcement both in uniform as a deterrent and in plain clothes so they maintained the level of surprise and unpredictability and just keep the areas hardened,” Honig added.

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