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Capitol Hill Watch Alert

House to Vote on The Arming Pilots Against Terrorism Act (H.R. 4635)

On Wednesday, June 10, 2002, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Arming Pilots Against Terrorism Act (H.R. 4635) (Full text of legislation ). The measure would allow a test program for pilots to have guns in the cockpits for two years.Only when the first 250 pilots have been deputized to carry a gun in the cockpit will the two-year period start and will be capped at two percent of the total pilot workforce which is approximately 1,400 deputized pilots.Furthermore, to pilots who are former military or law enforcement, personal preference will be given.


Prior to being deputized, pilots will be required to undergo Transportation Security Administration (TSA) approved training.The TSA must establish the protocols for carrying guns (i.e. type of gun, type of ammunition, where the gun is stored, pilot interaction with the air marshals, ensuring that the pilot does not take the gun into the passenger cabin). TSA will issue a report to Congress and decide whether the program is to be continued, expanded, or terminated at the end of the two-year test period.


Also separate self-defense training for flight attendants is required by the measure.

The test programís timeline for implementation is as follows:

         The TSA must have established the protocols for carrying guns in the cockpit, two months after the date of enactment,

         TSA starts deputizing pilots to carry guns two months after the date of enactment (or four months if it takes TSA that long to establish the protocols), 

         The two-year test period starts when 250 pilots have been deputized,  

         TSA issues the report and decides whether to continue, terminate, or expand the program at the end of the two-year period, and 

         TSA must propose rules for the program within 60 days if it decides to continue or expand the program.

What Can You Do?

Urge your representative to Support the Arming Pilots Against Terrorism Act (H.R. 4635)

Contact Information:

Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's office.)

To go to your representative's website, find his E-mail or to find out who your representative is... http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.html

To electronically mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep.



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