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Amtrak To Allow Guns In Checked Baggage

An Amtrak train in Afton, Virginia.

Amtrak 192 leads "The Cardinal" through Afton, Virginia, on its way to Charlottesville. John P Mueller/Flickr hide caption

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Amtrak will begin allowing guns in checked baggage on trains starting December 15, provided that passengers follow the rules.

The Sacramento Bee reports:

The change, pushed by gun rights advocates and ordered by Congress, aligns Amtrak's firearms policy with air travel rules that allow unloaded guns to be stored in locked baggage holds.

The paper goes on to say:

Amtrak officials said the federally funded train system is retrofitting train cars for gun storage, but said they have no idea how many people will travel with firearms.

Passengers planning to bring guns will have to notify Amtrak at least 24 hours before departure and must show up at the station at least 30 minutes before boarding. Guns and ammunition will have to be transported in approved, locked containers and can't be brought aboard in carry-on luggage. Amtrak has posted the full set of rules to its website.

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