Military Police Can Now Carry Personal Firearms on Marine Corps Bases

“Those incidents did expedite the process,” Captain Butterfield said.

In the Pearl Harbor shooting, a United States sailor killed two shipyard workers and injured another before taking his own life. In Pensacola, a Saudi Air Force member armed with a handgun fatally shot three people and injured eight others during a bloody rampage in a classroom building.

The Department of Defense had been reviewing concealed carry rules for several years. In 2016, the Pentagon issued an “arming and use of force” directive that was intended to develop a concealed carry policy for base personnel. Last May, the secretary of the Navy followed through with the initiative and gave Navy and Marine Corps commanders the authority to grant concealed carry authorizations. The Marine Corps is part of the Navy but is its own branch.

The United States Coast Guard allows concealed weapons at its facilities for law enforcement activities, but not for personal protection, Chief Warrant Officer Barry Lane, a Coast Guard spokesman, said Friday in an email.

“While in the performance of official duties, qualified military personnel may carry weapons, including concealed weapons, when expressly authorized to do so by appropriate authority,” he said. “Members are prohibited from carrying a loaded privately-owned weapon on U.S. Coast Guard facilities in a nonofficial capacity.”

It was not immediately clear if any of the other United States military branches were considering allowing base personnel to carry personal firearms. The Army was not immediately prepared to comment, and the Navy and Air Force did not immediately respond to inquiries.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/02/us/marines-bases-concealed-carry.html

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