Guns on Amtrak? Unloaded & bagged

December 1, 2010

Amtrak said that effective Dec. 15, it will accept unloaded guns in checked baggage at stations and on trains operating within the United States that offer checked baggage service. 

This change in the Amtrak checked baggage policy is required by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010, said Amtrak.

As not all Amtrak served stations or trains offer checked baggage service, Amtrak advises passengers seeking to travel with their firearms contact Amtrak for further information.

Under the law, passengers are required by law to notify Amtrak and declare that they will be checking firearms and/or ammunition no later than 24 hours before train departure. 

All firearms (rifles, shotguns, handguns, starter pistols) must be unloaded and in an approved, locked hard-sided container. The passenger must have sole possession of the key or the combination for the lock to the container. Passengers failing to meet requirements for checking firearms will be denied transportation.

Click on the following link for more information on carrying firearms aboard Amtrak: