This is probalby old news to some but I learned about it today while talking to an Amtrak Police Officer:
This is potentially good news for civilian gun owners !Senate Amendment 798, an amendment to the Budget bill, was offered by U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) and supported by NRA-ILA. The purpose of the amendment is to ensure that law-abiding Amtrak passengers are allowed to securely transport firearms in their checked baggage. The measure prohibits funds from being appropriated to Amtrak unless firearms are allowed in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. The Senate passed this amendment on Thursday, April 2, by a vote of 63-35.
While my LEO friends/co-workers can currently carry concealed "While on Official Police Business" on Amtrak, I can't currently even take mine on the train in my checked baggage.
This amendment, if it passes the house, would give travelers a choice. As a person with a disability (wheelchair user) Amtrak offers MUCH more accessibility to me, even if it does take longer than flying. Being able to have my firearm once I reach my destination could be yet another benefit to folks like me.
Lets hope for the best !