FIND GUN LAWS BY STATE

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bryan L. Ciyou is a trial and appellate attorney at the Indianapolis law firm of Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. He earned his BA with distinction and graduated through the honors program, along with his JD,... Read More

Amtrak

I. Introduction

On December 15, 2010, Amtrak began accepting reservations for transportation of firearms and ammunition between Amtrak trains within the United States that offer and have the capability to offer checked baggage. Not all train routes offer this service, so taking a firearm in checked baggage must be carefully investigated in advance.

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II. 24-Hour-Notice Provision

A passenger transporting a firearm in checked luggage must notify Amtrak no later than 24 hours before departure by contacting Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL. There is no provision for online reservation or notification of firearms for checked luggage.  As with flights, the passenger must travel on the same train as the firearm in his or her checked baggage. [http://gunla.ws/amtrak]

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III. Firearms Enclosure Requirements, Generally

Amtrak’s provisions go on to closely track those for airline checking. The firearms must be unloaded and in an approved, locked, hard-sided container not larger than 62″ L x 17″ W x 7″ D.  Likewise, the passenger must maintain the key or combination for the locked container, which may not exceed 50 lbs. in total.

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IV. Handgun Enclosure Requirements

As it relates to handguns, they may be contained in a smaller, but locked, hard-sided container and placed in a checked suitcase. The case that the firearm came in when purchased may well be suitable for reciprocal carry.

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V. Ammunition Packaging Requirements

Any ammunition carried must be packed in the original manufacturer’s cardboard box, or in a fiber, wood, or metal box specifically designed for carrying ammunition. The maximum amount of ammunition and containers housing it must not exceed 11 lbs.  Firearms are not allowed in passenger cabins.  Therefore, it may be the case that firearms may not be able to be checked if this feature or option is not allowed/available on the route.

For Readers considering this newer right or way to interstate transport a firearm, it is suggested he or she follow the link in this chapter for up-to-date information.

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VI. Conclusion

It is possible, consistent with Congress’ directives to Amtrak and the federal right to interstate transportation, to check a handgun for reciprocal carry on certain Amtrak routes.

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FIND GUN LAWS BY STATE

Table of Contents

About the author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bryan L. Ciyou is a trial and appellate attorney at the Indianapolis law firm of Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. He earned his BA with distinction and graduated through the honors program, along with his JD,... Read More