The streets are buzzing about T.I. & Tiny’s eldest child and daughter, Zonnique Pullins. Apparently, she was arrested early this morning for trying to bring a gun through security at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport! We definitely thought this was a joke when we heard about it, but apparently the tip we received was true, after seeing she was transported to Clayton County jail. She was charged at 1:28 AM, and released shortly thereafter at 2:09 AM–we assume on bail!
We are not sure why Zonnique had a gun or what is really going, but we do know she is a beautiful young woman who up until has not made any negative headlines. This undoubtedly a mix up. Her parents’ camp has been pretty quiet about this incident, but with the new laws passed about guns at the airport this cannot be good.
According to Hecht Walker Attorneys at Law, prior to the 2014 Georgia Gun Law:
via Rolling Out
if you were found in possession of a firearm while in Security Line, you were charged with O.C.G.A. §16-11-127. The Clayton County Court System has set the mandatory bail amount for such offenses at $5,000.00. A violation of O.C.G.A. §16-11-127 was a misdemeanor, which included up to one (1) year of imprisonment and a fine of up to $1,000.00. In addition, the Transport Security Agency (“TSA”) would impose a fine of up to $3,000.00 for the violation.
In addition to being arrested and the criminal penalties outlined above, you would miss your flight, which was not subject to a refund because of the violation, and the firearm was forfeited. Overall, the entire experience could cost you nearly $10,000.00 and a year in jail.
However, under the new Safe Carry Protection Law, there is an exception for licensed gun owners. O.C.G.A. §16-11-130.2 (b) provides that a license holder who is notified at the screening checkpoint for the restricted access area that he or she is in possession of a weapon or long gun and who immediately leaves the restricted access area following such notification and completion of federally required transportation security screening procedures shall not be guilty of violating O.C.G.A. §16-11-127.
While the statute provides an exception for licensed gun owners, the language of the statute does not make it clear what is considered the “restricted access area” or what the “federally required transportation security screening procedures” entail. If you or someone you know has been arrested at the Atlanta Airport for carrying a firearm please feel free to contact our firm to have your rights as a gun owner protected.
Yikes! In the State of Georgia , the law requires that you be at least eighteen years of age to possess either a handgun or long gun such as a rifle or shotgun. While you can legally own a handgun in Georgia at 18 years of age, Federal law requires you to be at least 21 years of age before you can purchase a handgun. We just hope this mess gets sorted out. Zonnique you’ll be in our prayers!