Sunday, September 27, 2009

Bloomberg blasts Amtrak gun bill

A recent amendment to the budget bill for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development will require Amtrak to revoke its post-9/11, post-Madrid bombing ban on guns in checked luggage.
Passengers were prohibited from bearing arms on Amtrak after 9/11, and the policy was tightened after the 2004 bombings in a Madrid train station. The reasoning is that if you can have a gun in your checked airline baggage, then why not on Amtrak? This took a beating from Mayor Bloomberg.

"If anyone in Congress thinks that the threat of a terrorist attack on a train has gone away, they are sadly mistaken," Bloomberg said in Penn Station, where mayors from New Jersey joined him in imploring the House of Representatives to reject a measure the Senate passed.

"This has nothing to do with the Second Amendment right to bear arms and everything to do with keeping our country safe from terrorists," Bloomberg stated.

I'm not a fan on this provision so I hope it is revoked.


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