FORT MYERS — Guns and ammunition no longer would be considered a prohibited “weapon” at Southwest Florida International Airport, if Lee County officials approve a proposed change to a local law.
Lee commissioners are expected Tuesday to decide whether to set a Sept. 27 public hearing to make that change to the airport ordinance and to allow guns and ammunition on airport property.
Under an order Gov. Rick Scott signed in June of this year, Lee commissioners already removed language in local ordinances that had prohibited carrying guns in public parks.
Now, Lee County Attorney Michael Hunt said a change to the airport ordinance is necessary to comply with the new state law, which says no local government can control the carrying of firearms as of Oct. 1.
So although Lee commissioners are over the Lee County Port Authority, which operates Southwest Florida International Airport, they wouldn’t be able to control whether someone can enter the passenger terminal with a permitted firearm.
“After Oct. 1, the state will have to try to figure that out,” Hunt said.
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