Senate passes "Wicker Amendment" requiring that Amtrak let people be able to check guns on trains

By a 68 to 30 vote the US Senate passed an amendment to a spending bill today requiring Amtrak to allow passengers to check their firearms in the same manner passengers are able to with airlines.

This amendment only lets guns in as checked baggage, which is a long way from the way things used to be. How For some reason I don't think that the bad guys here would have followed a gun ban even if it had been in place at the time.

Among the "no" votes:
Brown (D-OH)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Harkin (D-IA)
Pryor (D-AR)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Specter (D-PA)
Wyden (D-OR)

The Pryor and Specter votes seem particularly strange. Pryor might have revealed his true colors on the gun issue when he switched his vote back and forth on the Thune concealed carry amendment. Specter used to vote consistently in favor of protecting people's ability to own guns and now he is voting consistently the opposite way. It is a huge change that coincides with his switch from being a Republican to a Democrat.



Blogger dWj said...

Gillibrand and Specter both have better records than this, and are facing challenging Democratic primaries. I'm disappointed, but if either wins in 2010 and gets better in 2011 (or even in time for the general elections in 2010), I might cut them some slack on this.

9/16/2009 2:53 PM  
Blogger HerbM said...

Any moron who denies citizens the right to transport an UNLOADED gun locked away in checked luggage should not be in the Senator or Congress to begin with.

They are incompetent to even read the Constitution.

9/17/2009 2:44 AM  
Blogger Chas said...

Markie Marxist sez: "Gun bans on trains only apply to our political enemies, law-abiding, private citizens. They have no effect on our Marxist/warrior/hero/criminals, who carry as they please. If CCW holders carried guns, they might shoot our criminals in self-defense. How are they supposed to rip off capitalism and bring down America if they're getting shot? That doesn't make any sense. You don't want our Marxist/warrior/hero/criminals to fail, do you?"

9/17/2009 5:21 PM  

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