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A win for conceal and carry permit holders at Missouri airports

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A recent Missouri Court of Appeals decision has clarified the law, saying it is not a criminal offense to carry a firearm into the airport or through airport security if you are a concealed carry permit holder. 

"It clearly says now from the court of appeals if you carry a firearm into Lambert, you can be asked to leave, possibly subject to a fine, but you can't be arrested and charged for unlawful use of a weapon if you are a conceal carry permit holder," said Matt Fry, Partner at Rosenblum and Fry. 

Fry said many of the cases he's represented before this court opinion were with people who forget they have their gun on them while they were at the airport or made their way to security. They ended up being charged with unlawful use of a weapon when they should not have been. 

"They weren't burying it in their suitcase trying to get to the next destination because they know they aren't going to make it through security with a firearm," Fry said. 

Travelers have mixed views on the subject. 

"I don't really have a problem with concealed carry permit holders. They had extensive background checks, I think it would be fine as long as they don't bring it on the plane," said Paul Marquez. 

Molly Burris had a different opinion. 

"Obviously, a person wouldn't be able to get through security having a gun, but having it here does make me feel a little unsafe," she said. 

The big question many have with the new laws going into effect for 2017 is if this would apply for people who carry without a permit. Fry said that is not the case.

"I don't want them to read this opinion and say, 'hey, constitutional amendment, I can carry a firearm now, oh I can go into Lambert and carry a firearm.' The law clearly says concealed carry permit holders," says Fry. 

If you are a concealed carry permit holder and you bring a gun into the airport or security it's not a crime. But you can not take that gun through security. 

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