Arming TSA officers hits resistance on the Hill – By KEVIN ROBILLARD | 11/4/13 11:34 PM EST

Just Sayin'

Airport security lines are pictured. | Reuters

Both lawmakers and the president have called for airport security reviews. | Reuters

Friday’s slaying of a Transportation Security Administration officer at Los Angeles International Airport is fueling calls from union leaders to give some of the agency’s employees guns, handcuffs and the power to make arrests.

But that would be a tough sell for many conservatives in Congress, where some lawmakers until recently were trying to take away TSA agents’ badges.

The fatal shooting of Gerardo Hernandez and the ensuing gunfight at LAX called attention to a long-running debate over the powers of TSA, whose screeners aren’t considered law enforcement officers even though many of them wear badges. The 39-year-old Hernandez was the first TSA officer killed in the line of duty in the agency’s history.

(Also on POLITICO: Holder calls for study of TSA role)

Federal prosecutors have filed homicide and other charges against 23-year-old Los…

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