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Senate passes measure to allow gun transport on Amtrak

Amtrak would lose its federal subsidies if it doesn’t put a system

in place by early next year to check and track firearms so that

passengers can legally put the weapons in their checked baggage, the

Senate voted Wednesday.

One senator says the measure "is going to put a severe burden" on Amtrak.

The measure, an amendment to the transportation and housing appropriations bill, passed 68-30.

The House version of the bill, passed in July, does not include the

provision, so further steps would be needed for it to reach President

Obama’s desk.

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Amtrak’s current policy prohibits passengers from carrying "any

type of gun, firearm, ammunition, explosives or weapon" in carry-on or

checked baggage. Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm said firearms had been allowed in checked baggage before the September 11 attacks.

However, despite the policy change, the company has no uniform system

of screening for firearms, Amtrak Chairman Thomas Carper noted in a

letter to Sens. Patty Murray and Christopher Bond decrying Wednesday’s

congressional mandate. They are the top Democrat and Republican,

respectively, on the Appropriations Committee’s transportation

subcommittee. – [source]

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