Lawmakers: Let TSA accept concealed carry permits as ID at airports

Two Republican House members have proposed legislation that would let government airport screeners accept concealed carry permits as a form of identification for people trying to board planes.

According to the legislation introduced by Reps. Diane Black, R-Tenn., and Bill Flores, R-Texas, "a concealed handgun license shall be treated as a verifying identity document" for the purposes of aircraft passenger security screening. It would also prohibit the federal government from collecting or storing information about an individual relating to a concealed handgun license.

The bill would not allow people with concealed carry permits to actually fly with the guns they are licensed to carry, and maintains the current weapons ban for passengers.

"Handgun carry permits are a government-issued form of photo-identification and no one has given me a valid reason why they cannot be accepted at TSA checkpoints," Black said in a statement. "Americans who exercise their Second Amendment freedoms have bared the brunt of much hostility from this administration over the last seven years. As a handgun carry permit holder myself, I believe this should be a simple, bipartisan step we can take to stop the government's marginalization of gun-owners and alleviate confusion for millions of American travelers this holiday season."

Flores noted that the Texas House of Representatives has already passed legislation allowing concealed carry permits to serve as ID for people at airports.