Under language inserted into a transportation funding bill last year, Amtrak passengers will be allowed to carry firearms in checked luggage beginning in December.
Though the provision was thought to expire later this year, the Government Accountability Office recently held that the legislation is permanent law.
According to the provision, firearms and ammunition may be transported in secure baggage onboard Amtrak trains under several guidelines including:
- Passengers must declare to Amtrak within 24-hours of departure that the firearm will be placed in their checked baggage.
- The gun must not be loaded and must also be carried in a hard-sided container.
- The hard-sided container must be locked with only the passenger having the combination or key for the container.
In a statement issued earlier this month, Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), who was responsible for creating the provision, said that the law protects Americans’ Second Amendment rights.
"I am glad that Amtrak met its statutorily required deadline and is on track to implement the checked firearms program by December. Soon, train passengers will have the same right as air travelers to securely transport firearms in checked baggage," he said.