A top NRA lobbyist says all mass transit riders should be able to carry guns on to trains and buses, according to a Sun-Times report:
The question surfaced during a hearing Tuesday aimed at meeting a federal court demand to draw up legislation permitting Illinoisans to carry concealed weapons. A top NRA lobbyist said he won’t bend on allowing bus and train riders to arm themselves.
“I don’t believe people who need public transportation to get around should be prohibited from exercising their constitutional right,” said lobbyist Todd Vandermyde, who later questioned the contradiction of a motorist being allowed to carry a gun in their vehicle but not a mass transit customer.
“Just because one is one economic status, they get rights. But because someone has to avail themselves of public transportation, they don’t get the right to self-defense? They’re supposed to roam around defenseless? Help me understand how that works,” he asked the Sun-Times.
For the record, leaders of all the major transit agencies and the Regional Transportation Authority wrote to House Speaker Michael Madigan, calling concealed carry on mass transit a bad idea that could lead to “catastrophic” results.
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