What: All Issues : War & Peace : HR 4635. Arming Commercial Pilots/Vote to Broaden Scope and Speed Implementation of Program Which Would Risk Injury and Hijacking By Arming Commercial Airline Pilots. (2002 house Roll Call 289)
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HR 4635. Arming Commercial Pilots/Vote to Broaden Scope and Speed Implementation of Program Which Would Risk Injury and Hijacking By Arming Commercial Airline Pilots.
house Roll Call 289     Jul 10, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

After the September 11th terrorist attacks, a bipartisan coalition supported arming airline pilots to help prevent another hijacking. Progressives were skeptical of such an idea, believing that armed pilots might create more dangers to the passengers and crew than they would eliminate. But others felt the existing plan did not go far enough. Hostettler (R-IN) proposed an amendment that not only allowed all pilots to receive handguns, it required 20 percent of initial volunteers to be trained within half a year of the bill's passage. Progressives disliked giving the pilots guns in the first place, so they also disagreed with speeding the law's implementation. They voted "no," and the amendment was rejected 169-256.

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