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City officials in charge of the airport declared it a "gun-free zone" when a law allowing people to carry guns on public transit and other places took effect Tuesday. Gun rights supporters, including a state legislator who helped pass the law, quickly filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the designation.
"My message is simple: Leave your firearms at home," airport general manager Ben DeCosta told reporters at a news conference.
Atlanta officials said anyone carrying a gun at the airport could be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor.
The new state law allows people with a concealed weapons permit to carry guns into restaurants, state parks and on public transportation.
Allowing citizens to carry firearms "would create an environment that would endanger millions of people," she said.