A federal spending bill signed by President Obama on Wednesday mistakenly requires passengers who carry firearms aboard Amtrak be locked in boxes for their journey, reports Fox News. The bill intended to say that passengers with firearms must declare they have weapons with them in advance and stow them in locked boxes while on the train. Somehow the final version said that the passengers themselves must be in the boxes.
The rules to allow Amtrak passengers to carry weapons with them are new. Airline passengers have long been permitted to transport weapons in checked luggage. Amtrak banned firearms from its trains after September 11th.Because Amtrak has six months to implement the policy, it’s unlikely that any gun-toting passengers would have to travel in a box.