Western NC Congressman Heath Shuler continues to frustrate liberals by sponsoring another 2nd Amendment bill in Congress. This time he has teamed up with fellow Democrat Mike Ross (D-AR) and Republicans John Fleming (R-LA), Spencer Baucus (R-AL), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Denny Rehberg (R-MT) to sponsor HR 3789 to finally sort out how law abiding citizens that choose to travel on Amtrak can lawfully travel with a firearm in their checked baggage.
Now, before the anti-self defense crowd work themselves up into a tizzy about Shuler’s bill, a few facts need to be considered. Airline passengers currently are provided a process to travel with a firearm as checked luggage. This bill would simply apply that process to the state controlled rail monopoly. The Senate passed a similar measure as an amendment to the transportation and housing appropriations bill in September by a vote of 68-30 with both Senators Burr and Hagan voting “Yea.”
Guns appears to be one area of legislation that the Blue Dog Caucus appears to be willing to challenge the Democrat Congressional leadership since the Dogs caved in on a single payer healthcare plan.