What: All Issues : War & Peace : HR 4635. Arming Commercial Pilots/Final Passage of Bill Which Would Risk Injury and Hijacking By Arming Commercial Airline Pilots. (2002 house Roll Call 292)
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HR 4635. Arming Commercial Pilots/Final Passage of Bill Which Would Risk Injury and Hijacking By Arming Commercial Airline Pilots.
house Roll Call 292     Jul 10, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

A coalition of Republicans and about half of Democrats favored arming airline pilots in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Progressives disliked this idea, believing that putting guns into airplanes would only increase the risk of injury and possibly even hijacking. The final form of the bill required at least 250 pilots to participate in training within two months of the bill's enactment, and pilots and airlines would be exempt from liability for harm done in the defense of the plane. Progressives could not support such a program, so they voted against the bill. However, is passed on a bipartisan vote of 310-113.

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