Gary S. Marbut/MSSA/TOS
President, Montana Shooting Sports Association
September 17, 2001
Dear Gun-owning Friends,
It is apparent to any rational observer that if law abiding U.S. citizens
flying on commercial aircraft last Tuesday had not been prevented by federal and
state laws from possessing firearms for personal protection, hundreds or maybe
thousands of innocent lives could have been saved.
We must no longer go along with the demands by some that we all exist in a
state of personal vulnerability, unable to defend ourselves and loved ones.
Below is the outline of a recommended piece of federal legislation to require
that certain qualified gun owners, including law enforcement and civilians, be
allowed to fly armed on commercial aircraft. If we are going to war against
terrorism, you and I will be the "home guard", and help protect our
Please forward this draft bill to your U.S. Senators and Representatives in
Congress, and insist that they help sponsor and pass this measure. Please insist
that this strategy be an integral part of any overall plan to deal with
terroristic threats against the U.S.
Also, please forward this to every citizen you know who is concerned about
our liberties, and our freedom from fear and terrorism.
Thank you for your help.
President. Montana Shooting Sports Association
Proposed is federal legislation, which may be called the "Airline Safety
and Anti-terrorism Act of 2001", that would accomplish the following:
A. Remove all current prohibitions concerning carrying firearms on commercial
aircraft for certain persons considered to be "air safety assets"
under certain conditions, and to exempt these people from punishment by local
and state laws where airplanes upon which they are riding may land, as follows:
1. Persons identified as an "air safety asset" who may be called a
"sky guard" include:
a. any current, sworn, law enforcement officer for any federal, state or
local agency, and
b. any person with a permit to carry a concealed weapon issued by any
state, or by any local agency under the authority of a state, and
c. any person who is a classified handgun competitor under the rules of the
United States Practical Shooting Association or the International Defensive
2. Persons not eligible to be a "sky guard" include:
a. persons who are not eligible to possess firearms under federal law, and
b. persons who are not yet 18 years of age, and
c. persons who are not legal citizens of the United States as a result of
birth or naturalization.
3. The Federal Aviation Administration must accomplish the following:
a. originate and publish within six weeks a brief manual, called a
"sky guard briefing" which explains the fragility and weak points of
commercial aircraft, which aircraft parts may be susceptible to dangerous
disruption from either gunfire or terrorist activity, and which explains
several most recommended tactics for defeating terrorists onboard aircraft,
b. publish this manual as a paperback book, which must be available to
persons qualified to serve as sky guards at a reasonable cost or at no cost,
c. devise a system of signals whereby any sky guard flying on a particular
aircraft may be identified under emergency conditions by other sky guards
flying on that particular aircraft.
4. Conditions under which any qualified persons would be allowed to carry
firearms on commercial aircraft departing from and arriving at destinations on
U.S. soil, and the soil of U.S. allies which accept this arrangement, are:
a. when the person is carrying a firearm that is concealed from view and
simple detection by casual observers, and
b. when the firearm being carried is loaded only with frangible ammunition,
such as Glaser Safety Slugs or the equivalent, and
c. when the sky guard certifies that he or she has read the sky guard
briefing and understands the contents, and
d. when the sky guard consumes no alcohol or mind-altering substances at
all within 12 hours before travel, or during travel where the person serves as
a sky guard.
B. Persons serving as sky guards:
1. Would serve in a voluntary (unpaid) capacity, and
2. Would be exempt from local or state laws restricting their ability to
possess firearms along their route of travel, and at any location on the
ground along their route of travel for a period of 72 hours between landing
and departure, and
3. Both commercial airlines, and sky guards not acting with gross
negligence, would be held harmless under law for the acts or omissions of sky
guards serving voluntarily and while traveling on commercial aircraft or while
in air terminals during travel.
C. The prerogatives and duties of sky guards while serving in that capacity
would be limited to defeating any attempt to wrest control of a commercial
aircraft from the airline crew, and to interfere with any person aboard a
commercial aircraft who presents an immediate threat of loss of life to any crew
member or passenger of a commercial aircraft upon which the sky guard is a
passenger. The duties and prerogatives of a sky guard specifically would not
include the use of a firearm or brandishing of a firearm to subdue an unruly
passenger who does not pose a threat of loss of life to any crew member or