Amtrak trains just got the green light allowing American passengers to bring unloaded guns onto trains.
Mississippi Republican Senator Roger Wicker who sponsored the bill was pleased when the Senate voted on Wednesday to allow Amtrak passengers to carry unloaded and locked handguns in checked baggage:
Under the Wicker amendment, Amtrak would lose the funds earmarked for it in the must-pass spending bill if it did not comply with the new regulations. In a statement released after the amendment passed, Mr. Wicker stressed the guidelines laid out in the provision — which would also insist that a passenger notify Amtrak that he or she is transporting a handgun and that only that passenger could unlock the secure container holding the gun.
“Americans should not have their Second Amendment rights restricted for any reason, particularly if they choose to travel on America’s federally subsidized rail line,” Mr. Wicker said in the statement.
The bill was supported by states that have a high support rate on gun rights. Although the bill has been passed, the House will still have to vote and hopefully can stop this legislature from being amended.