Amtrak travel with/without gun

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    Amtrak travel with/without gun

    I am thinking about doing some travel in the coming summer
    & am considering using AMTRAK by purchasing one of
    their multiple day type passes. If anyone has experience
    doing this ,,, I would appreciate your input,,,,, both with
    checking your handgun in the checked baggage or just
    leaving it AT HOME. I just do not know if it is worth the effort
    to take a gun even if I do it LEGALLY. Especially since I will be
    going thru New York City & Chicago.
    Thanks in advance for your input. I am currently thinking
    I will leave it at home,,,,, to many bad things can happen.

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    If you are stopping in NYC (i.e. Penn Station) and have any plans to leave Penn Station, leave the gun at home, otherwise you may end up as a news story like some of the more recent tourists. Unless of course HR 822 is passed...

    I am not sure I would risk it, even just passing through Penn Station, and getting off of the train. You may be covered under FOPA if you are passing through to another state and not stopping in NY or NJ.

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    One of my friends just rode Amtrak last weekend here in California. He said there was no security check of any kind, concealed carry would be trouble free. The hang up would be the places you go off the train. I have no idea what the legalities are, or Amtrak's rules.

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    Right off the Amtrak website

    Amtrak - Help - Terms of Transportation - Governing Law

    Governing Law..

    All travel on, and transactions with, Amtrak is governed by the laws of the District of Columbia, United States of America, without regards to its principles of conflicts of law. You agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of any Federal court located in the District of Columbia, United States of America, and waive any jurisdictional, venue or inconvenient forum objections to such courts.

    Don't look good.. I would say no guns then..

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    IANAL, but....

    Amtrak is a Federal entity, so you can not conceal carry in any Amtrak station or on the train. Amtrak rules allow for checking a gun in with baggage, but seems a bit of a pain process wise. And given your trip has you heading through big anti-gun cities, probably not worth the risk. Even though legal through FOPA, I know that NY will arrest and charge you regardless if caught. To me, not worth the risk as even though you'd be cleared legally, you'd still end up spending a boatload of money on lawyers.
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    I recently read on another gun site, that AMTRAK requires a "reservation" for the weapon. You may want to check.

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