What: All Issues : War & Peace : Arming/Militarizing Civilians as Reaction to Security Threats : HR 4635. Arming Commercial Pilots/Vote to Make Permanent a Program Which Would Risk Injury and Hijacking By Arming Commercial Airline Pilots.
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HR 4635. Arming Commercial Pilots/Vote to Make Permanent a Program Which Would Risk Injury and Hijacking By Arming Commercial Airline Pilots.
house Roll Call 288     Jul 10, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
Winning Side:
Conservative

Republicans and many Democrats decided after September 11th that commercial pilots needed to carry firearms to defend themselves. A compromise bill was crafted that introduced the idea as a test program, with a maximum of 2 percent of pilots participating. Progressives favored this more limited approach because they did not agree with the idea of giving weapons to those not adequately prepared to use them. DeFazio (D-OR) proposed undoing this deal by submitting an amendment that removed the 2 percent cap and made the program permanent. Progressives voted "no," but the amendment was adopted 250-175.

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