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Policy or Law?

This article talks about how Oklahoma won’t be affected by the new Amtrak rule on guns, because there’s no Amtrak service that checks luggage that services the state. But the line only goes to Texas. Since Texas and Oklahoma have reciprocity, what’s to stop someone from carrying on Amtrak? In other words, is the ban just Amtrak policy, or is it federal law that you can’t carry on Amtrak? Not something I’ve ever had cause to look up because I a) don’t travel on Amtrak, and b) any Amtrak lines I would consider taking go through Maryland or New Jersey and New York.

8 Responses to “Policy or Law?”

  1. Weer'd Beard says:

    Nothing in the New England line to check stowed bags, or passenger’s person, so there is nothing stopping somebody from carrying onboard.

  2. I am okay with people bringing unarmed weapons on board as long as they are stowed away without ammo. I am a single woman who frequently travels by myself, usually with a weapon.

  3. Gene Hoffman says:

    There is a case in the 2nd Circuit that claims it’s a violation of the interstate shipping restrictions in Federal law.

    -Gene

  4. Andrew says:

    “unarmed weapons on board as long as they are stowed away without ammo”

    Well, what the hell use are they then?

  5. Sigivald says:

    What’s an “unarmed weapon”?

    Me, I’m okay with any one who can legally carry a gun, carrying it on a train. Or a plane, for that matter.

  6. Matthew Carberry says:

    if they can load and carry it in the train terminal, packed full of multiple trains worth of passengers at least as densely as on the train itself from which people could not possibly escape in time to do any good should the evil gun cause the carrier to go mad and start shooting, I’m not aware of a rational, logical basis for barring carry on board the train itself.

    As my philosophy profs continually remind me, unpack your assumptions to base principles and see how rational they are.

  7. Gene Hoffman says:

    I’m finally out of airports and can now find the case I mentioned above. It is US v. Hartzog in the 4th Circuit actually. Link: http://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/c/F2/983/983.F2d.604.92-5414.html

    I don’t find it very persuasive, but it’s binding in CA4.

    -Gene

  8. Jake says:

    I am okay with people bringing unarmed weapons on board as long as they are stowed away without ammo. I am a single woman who frequently travels by myself, usually with a weapon.

    So you want to be able to travel with a weapon, but you don’t want to be able to travel with it in usable condition?

    Or, “There’s a flaw in your logic, Tuvok.”

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