Michigan’s statute MCL 259.80f prohibits carrying a firearm into the “sterile area”of an airport.
However, the statute prohibiting this behavior has not been amended to keep up with changes in federal law. It defines “sterile area” as that which is defined in 14 CFR 107.1 of the Federal Code. This section was amended to delete the definition of a “sterile area", thus leaving the statute unenforceable. As a result, the prosecution of Mr. Chatfield under MCL 259.80f is not possible.
Our legislature needs to address this by adding a definition within our own statutes.
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