Pro-Gun Amtrak Amendment Overwhelmingly Passes in the Senate
An amendment to end the complete gun prohibition on Amtrak trains passed overwhelmingly Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the U.S. Senate...
An amendment to end the complete gun prohibition on Amtrak trains passed overwhelmingly Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the U.S. Senate by a vote of 68-30. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) offered the amendment to allow law-abiding gun owners to safely and legally transport firearms when they travel on Amtrak.
Current Amtrak regulations prohibit firearms in both checked and carry-on baggage. But Sen. Wicker’s amendment prohibits any federal taxpayer funding of Amtrak if it does not allow gun owners to transport firearms on trains in a manner similar to that of airlines.
Under this amendment, travelers would be able to transport a firearm from Amtrak stations that accept checked baggage as long as the firearm is declared and carried in a hard-sided, locked container.
The amendment was attached to the 2010 Transportation-Housing & Urban Development Appropriations bill and must now be reconciled with the House-passed bill, which does not contain the Wicker amendment.
— JFP person of the Day: Roger Wicker; http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/index.php/site/comments/jfp_person_of_the_day_roger_wicker_092209/
— Speaking Out Against Firearms on Amtrak, http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/22725/
— The not-great train robbery: Uninformed Senate holds up Amtrak over matter of armed travel; http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/bal-ed.amtrak22sep22//,0,6287226.story
— Corzine fighting to keep firearms off the railways of N.J.; http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/corzine-fighting-to-keep-firearms-off-the-railways-of-nj//