70 lawmakers call on DoD to lift ban on personal firearms on bases

07/23/15 10:42 AM | by


Secretary of Defense Ash Carter AP

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is under pressure from GOP lawmakers to lift the DoD’s gun free zones. (Photo: AP/Alex Wong)

Capitol Hill Republicans are demanding Secretary of Defense Ash Carter make changes to the policy of prohibiting personal firearms on Department of Defense property.

U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va., penned a letter signed by 67 other members of the House as well as Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. and Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark. Wednesday to Carter calling for the change in light of the attack in Chattanooga last week that left five service members dead.

“The American people want to know what we are doing to give their sons and daughters the highest probability that they can go to work in uniform and come home safe,” said Rigell in a statement. “The murder of four Marines, one Sailor, and wounding of others is further, irrefutable evidence that domestic terrorism targeting our stateside troops is real and ongoing. Our service members have a right to defend themselves and we cannot delay in confronting these real and imminent threats.”

The ban on personal firearms carried by service members on military installations, in effect since 1992, is within Carter’s power to lift, contends Rigell.

“You have the authority to change this directive, and we implore you to do so. Specifically, we ask that you allow the Commanding Officer at each of our military bases and reserve centers to authorize certain personnel to carry personal firearms as a means of enhanced force protection,” reads the letter.

The move comes as governors in several states are issuing directives to allow National Guard members under their command to carry, while others are moving guard recruiters out of strip malls and into better defended armories to increase security.

Latest Reviews

  • Blue Alpha Gear Brings Performance to EDC with Hybrid Belt

    A relative newcomer to the world of gun belts, Blue Alpha Gear quickly proved why gun owners and range goers...

    Read Now
  • Hudson H9: Competition, self defense or collector's item? (VIDEO)

    I recently picked up a more recently produced model to see if the hype was real and to see if...

    Read Now
  • Savage 220 Turkey

    Resurrecting the Bolt Action Shotgun: Savage 220 Turkey (VIDEO)

    For a glorious week, I hunted Rio Grande turkeys in the warmth of Texas spring with a Savage 220 Turkey,...

    Read Now
  • Reckoning

    Hybrid Meets Modularity with Crossbreed Reckoning Holster

    Does the rig actually live up to its hype? Guns.com nabbed a Reckoning holster to find out.

    Read Now