Dear Senator Wicker,
As a law-abiding firearms owner, I appreciate your efforts to introduce Amtrak to the Second Amendment. Amtrak announced their new policies for allowing firearms in checked baggage, in accordance with your amendment to the appropriations bill.
However, Amtrak has, in my opinion, disregarded both the legislative intent and the letter of the law in their new policy. Specifically, they have made no provisions to permit the lawful transportation of firearms on their most popular passenger route, the AutoTrain.
The AutoTrain does not offer checked baggage service. Instead, passengers store their baggage in their vehicles, which are not accessible during the trip.
Since the vehicle is not accessible during the trip, this would seem to me to be the equivalent of checked baggage (which is also not accessible during the trip).
I submit, therefore, that the proper thing for Amtrak to do would be to permit Auto Train passengers to transport firearms in their baggage, so long as the firearm is stored in accordance with their policy on firearms in checked baggage (unloaded, in a locked rigid-sided container within the passenger's baggage).
Perhaps the good folks at Amtrak need a reminder from the Congress that compliance with the amendment to the appropriations bill is not optional, and that the rights of those passengers on it's busiest passenger line are to be protected.