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8 years 17 weeks ago, 8:31 PM


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Feb 2009
lancaster, south carolina, United States

Amtrak is raising serious objections to a proposal that would allow passengers to stow unloaded guns in their checked baggage, saying the train operator cannot screen passengers' bags the same way airlines do.

The Senate passed a measure last month that would allow passengers to declare and check a weapon on the trains, something airline passengers can do now, provided the weapon is unloaded and in a hard and locked case.

But Amtrak and some House members are against the idea. The House did not include the provision in their version of the bill approved by the Senate.

"That could jeopardize the operations of Amtrak because ... we don't have the monies to invest in the protocol necessary to guarantee that these weapons won't be used against the traveling public," said Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.

Amtrak Police Chief John O'Connor said it's possible the system's random bag inspections could catch someone with an illegal weapon, but that Amtrak does not even have baggage cars on every train.

He said he does not want any weapons, checked or unchecked, on his trains.

But supporters see the measure as way to keep Second Amendment rights from being restricted.

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., said it's inappropriate for Amtrak to draw the line at this proposal since the system doesn't do much screening of passengers anyway.

"There is no screening now as there is at airports," he said. "Someone wishing to do ill could bring a firearm on a train right now."

He said that anyone "up to no good" would probably not store their firearm in checked baggage in the first plac

I have reasons for the things I do, just don't expect them to be reasonable
8 years 17 weeks ago, 11:24 PM


ecaman's picture

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Jul 2009
Payson, UT, United States

This is a case where all of us should contact our US Representative to tell him that we support the Senate bill. It will be tougher to pass in the House, since it's more liberal than the Senate. I'm surprised that it passed the Senate.

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. (Mark Twain).
8 years 16 weeks ago, 5:58 AM


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grants pass, oregon, United States
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I think if everyone had the right to pack a side-arm and not hide it in your baggage things would be a whole lot more polite. If the bad guys know other folks are armed also,they would be more subdued in thier crimimnal activities.

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