Guns On Trains: Amtrak To Allow Firearms On Trains
Amtrak To Allow Guns On Trains: Amtrak To Change Firearms Policy To Allow Guns In Checked Baggage
Want to take your favorite handgun on the Amtrak between NYC and Philly? Well, starting December 15 Amtrak will start allowing guns to be carried on Amtrak trains.
Amtrak's new firearm policy applies to checked-in baggage only. Guns are still prohibited as carry-on, with the exemption of approved law enforcement officers.
The Amtrak gun policy is fairly straightforward with some key requirements below
- Notification that the passenger will be checking firearms/ammunition must be made no later than 24 hours before train departure by calling Amtrak at 800-USA-RAIL. Online reservations for firearms/ammunition are not accepted.
- All firearms and/or ammunition must be checked at least 30 minutes prior to train departure. Some larger stations require that baggage be checked earlier.
- All firearms (rifles, shotguns, handguns, starter pistols) must be unloaded and in an approved, locked hard-sided container not exceeding 62" L x 17" W x 7" D (1575 mm x 432 mm x 178 mm). The passenger must have sole possession of the key or the combination for the lock to the container. The weight of the container may not exceed 50 lb/23 kg.
Amtrak says BB guns and Air Guns are classified as firearms and therefore must be checked in too. The Amtrak gun declaration form is two-part form that gun owners need to complete at the time of check in.
Read the full Amtrak New Firearms Policy