Sources: U.S. District Court for D.C. via Wired, Wired
quote: Dude- just because you can get a license and go to a firing range doesn't mean you have perfect situational awareness, judgement and aim.
quote: The hull of the plane will also likely get shot multiple times from multiple directions as well from those thinking "I got this."
quote: One point is valid: a handful of bullet holes isn't going to cause a crash, unless the pilots are incompetent or the airframe hadn't been properly maintained. If aircraft were delicate little butterflies there'd be a lot more aviation disasters.
quote: So? Aircraft are designed to handle things like the exterior doors coming off or punctures to the fuselage. The pilot will have to drop to 10,000 feet (so the people don't pass out) and fly to the nearest airport. You've watched snakes on a plane a few too many times if you think a couple pistol rounds is going to tear a giant hole in the side of the plane and cause massive structural failues leading to the plane falling out of the sky.