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Congress Pushes To Allow Arming Of Troops On Military Bases

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Congress is working to include a directive into the National Defense Authorization Act to allow troops to be armed.  In May, an amendment was included in the National Defense Authorization Act that allows Commanders to make the determination as to whether troops could carry concealed weapons on Military facilities for personal protection.  The amendment, written by Michael McCaul (R-Texas), John Carter (R-Texas) and Scott Rigell (R-Virginia), states that:

SEC. 5ll. ESTABLISHMENT OF PROCESS BY WHICH MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES MAY CARRY A CONCEALED PERSONAL FIREARM ON A MILITARY INSTALLATION.

(a) PROCESS REQUIRED.—The Secretary of Defense, taking into consideration the views of senior leadership of military installations in the United States, shall establish a process by which the commander of a military installation in the United States may authorize a member of the Armed Forces who is assigned to duty at the installation to carry a concealed personal firearm on the installation if the commander determines it to be necessary as a personal- or force-protection measure.

(b) RELATION TO STATE AND LOCAL LAW.—In establishing the process under subsection (a) for a military installation, the commander of the installation shall consult with elected officials of the State and local jurisdictions in which the installation is located and take into consideration the law of the State and such jurisdictions regarding carrying a concealed personal firearm.

(c) MEMBER QUALIFICATIONS.—To be eligible to be authorized to carry a concealed personal firearm on a military installation pursuant to the process established under subsection (a), a member of the Armed Forces—

  1. must complete any training and certification required by any State in which the installation is located that would permit the member to carry concealed in that State;
  2. must not be subject to disciplinary action under the Uniform Code of Military Justice for any offense that could result in incarceration or separation from the Armed Forces;
  3. must not be prohibited from possessing a firearm because of conviction of a crime of domestic violence; and
  4. must meet such service-related qualification requirements for the use of firearms, as established by the Secretary of the military department concerned.

STATE DEFINED.—In this section, the term ‘‘State’’ includes the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and any territory or possession of the United States.

 

View the amendment here.

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