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Lawmaker: Bush administration plans test program of guns in cockpit

Washington-AP -- The Transportation Security Administration says an announcement could come soon on a test program for arming pilots.

The chairman of the House aviation subcommittee says the Bush administration is willing to support the test program -- despite previous opposition to the idea of guns in the cockpit.

Republican Congressman John Mica (MY'-kuh) of Florida says the White House has realized that there's strong backing in Congress for arming pilots.

The plan is expected to be modeled after proposals that circulated this summer. One would have armed as many as 14-hundred pilots, about two percent of those flying.

Mica says arming pilots is important at least until bulletproof cockpit doors are installed in all planes.

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