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Amtrak To Allow Guns on Trains, but Forces Riders to Jump Through Hoops

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The Capitol Limited Amtrak train arrives in Washington from Chicago after a 3 1/2 hour delay Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007. The 764-mile Chicago to Washington route is among Amtrak's most dismal performers, with just 11 percent of trains arriving within 30 minutes of their scheduled time last year. But the problem exists to one degree or another on the majority of Amtrak routes, because In most of the country, the national passenger railroad operates on tracks owned by freight railroads, and the tracks are badly congested. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Government-subsidized Amtrak is finally coming in line with a federal 2009 mandate that it allow passengers to transport firearms aboard its train cars.

Amtrak says it will now allow unloaded firearms in checked baggage on trains starting Dec. 15. The change forced Amtrak to retrofit its train cars for gun storage.

The new gun allowance, however, doesn't come without its hoops. Riders are required to make reservations for the firearms at least 24 hours in advance and show up 30 minutes prior to boarding, according to the train service. In addition, riders must store the guns in locked, hard, Amtrak-approved cases, and the transporting passenger must have the only key or combination to the lock.

In 2009, Congress passed a law requiring Amtrak to change its policy to allow firearm transportation or else lose its federal funding.

(H/T: Washington Examiner)

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