Capitol Hill Watch
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.
text of legislation ).
The measure would allow a test program for pilots to
have guns in the cockpits for two years.†
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
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
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?
your representative to Support the Arming Pilots Against Terrorism Act (H.R. 4635)
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
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
electronically mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep.
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