3rd Circ. Says Port Authority Can Confiscate Firearms

By Matthew Villmer (September 16, 2013, 8:54 PM EDT) -- The Third Circuit said Friday that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey may continue to confiscate the firearms of non-New Jersey residents traveling through Newark Liberty International Airport, ruling a federal law protecting gun owners does not apply when walking through an air terminal.

In a precedential decision, the three-judge panel unanimously  held that the Firearms Owner Protection Act's "safe passage provision" — a law allowing people to pass from state to state with their firearms — only protected people traveling by "vehicle," including car, train and plane. FOPA's protections do not apply when a person walks through...

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