By Beth Germano, WBZ-TVBy Beth Germano

BOSTON (CBS) — Amtrak is reversing a decade-long ban to allow firearms to be brought on board some of its trains.

Starting December 15 unloaded weapons will be allowed in checked baggage aligning Amtrak’s firearms policy with the nation’s air travel.

WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano reports.

But at Boston’s South Station, the change is making some uneasy.

“It will definitely bring down the safety of trains,” said passenger Sean Daly.

Amtrak has issued strict guidelines for the weapons transport. Passengers must give 24 hours notice if they are checking a firearm. It must be in a locked, hard-sided container. Rifles and shotguns would be placed in secure cabinets. And ammunition must be stored in the original manufacturer’s container.

“If it’s checked baggage, that’s okay. That’s a fine security measure,” said one passenger.

At South Station the trains that fall under the guidelines are actually few, since only the Longshore Limited line to Chicago has checked baggage.

Unloaded weapons would not be allowed on Acela or Northeast Regional trains. But some are questioning the need on public transportation.

“Just knowing there are weapons on board. If you’re not police or military I don’t know why anyone would carry them,” said a passenger.

Many say it’s today’s climate that makes them uneasy, even with security precautions. This new policy is making them think again.

“You do see security around, but nothing is ever foolproof.”

Comments (11)
  1. alanonthego says:

    There is nothing wrong with this. In fact anyone should be allowed to carry a concealed loaded weapon on them at anytime, Or anyplace else that they want to as well if they are not a felon. Gun control only hurts law abiding people. The bad guys don’t care about gun laws and will carry them anyway. It’s only the bad guys that you need to worry about. Law abiding people who carry guns do so for many reasons.

    1. Tom D. Sportsman says:

      Tom D. Sportsman,
      Right ON, alanonthego. There are thousands of sportsmen across the country
      that travel with properly stored firearms for leagal reasons.I sincerely wish THE NEWS MEADIA would report news without bias and GET A LIFE and stop trying to control good people doing legal things.

  2. Cynic says:

    Now If They would drop Their stupid ban on Cigarettes.Would a Smoking Car really mean the end of the world?

  3. Ellen says:

    I don’t mind good citizens carrying guns, but let’s face it the gun laws in this country are not stick enough. No real background check, and look at all the illegal immigrants carrying concealed weapons. Always two sides to a story here.

  4. Emmit066 says:

    When guns are outlawed, only the outlaws will have guns. Someone who legally has the right and has gone through the correct process to legally purchase a weapon is not the people to be worried about. Illegal immigrants carrying guns in all likelihood did not purchase them legally to begin with, so that seems like it is a separate issue.

  5. Denise says:

    This issue is not different than any other law. You have the people that obey the laws and those that don’t. the ones that know the laws and obey them aren’t the ones you need to worry about. Get a clue!

  6. JohnC says:

    This is a flap about nothing. The owner of the firearm has no access to the firearm while on the train. Trains are a totally different animal then airplanes. The approach to security needs to be different too. The threat to trains is from without – not within. It would be very difficult to “hijack” a train. It’s gotta go where the tracks do. An explosive charge that would bring down the largest airliner might blow a couple of windows out of a modern passenger car. The threat to trains is by damage to infrastructure such as track and bridges.

  7. Mopar says:

    Ellen, no real background check? You are joking right? Tell ya what. Walk into a Boston area gunshop and try and buy a handgun. Come back and tell us how you made out. Then run to CT or NH or some “easy state” and walk into a store there and try and buy a handgun. Report back again and tell us how easy it was with no real background check.

  8. Oliver Bark says:

    This will not make it any less safe. To bring a gun on the train, they must be unloaded, locked in a case and in a locked compartment seperate from the passenger cars. In other words, throughout the entire journey, the owner will have no access to their gun.

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