BELLEVUE, WA â€“ Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) is once again demonstrating her disdain for gun owners and their rights by opposing an amendment to her Amtrak funding legislation that would allow firearms to be carried in baggage aboard trains, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
â€œPatty Murray evidently has a short memory span,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. â€œHas she already forgotten what happened to her friend, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, in the primary because of his extremist anti-gun philosophy? Surely she knows about Tuesdayâ€™s primary election results in New York City, where anti-gunner Richard Aborn came in last in a three-way race for Manhattan prosecutor by running on his gun control record.â€
Murray is opposing an amendment, added to her Amtrak bill by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), that would allow train travelers to transport firearms in their luggage, provided the guns are declared at check-in and they are locked up for transport. This is no different than flying with firearms, Gottlieb noted, â€œand people do that every day.â€
â€œThe amendment passed 68-30,â€ Gottlieb noted, â€œand Murrayâ€™s opposition shows she is way out of the mainstream on this issue. Even Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid supports the measure. People used to take firearms on trains all the time. Someone should tell the senator that constitutional rights donâ€™t end at the Amtrak boarding platform.â€
Murray argues that the amendment would be too costly and time-consuming, because Amtrak would have to create a process for checking and tracking guns.
â€œThatâ€™s a bogus argument,â€ Gottlieb countered, â€œand she knows it. The Transportation Security Administration already has that process down pat. There is no need to reinvent the wheel. That option has apparently not occurred to her, or maybe it has and she just canâ€™t get beyond her narrow gun prohibitionist viewpoint.
â€œAmtrak has been losing money for years,â€ Gottlieb concluded. â€œMaybe itâ€™s because American gun owners wonâ€™t travel with a carrier that treats them like outcasts. Maybe gun owners will return that sentiment when Murray runs for re-election next year.â€