Texas Congressman Introduces Bill to Allow Military Personnel to Carry Firearms on Base
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Texas Congressman Steve Stockman has introduced a bill that would allow military personnel to carry firearms on military bases on American soil.
Stockman took to USA Today in an op-ed to make the case for his bill. Here is an excerpt,
The ban on allowing military personnel to carry weapons on base is a 20-year experiment that failed and places servicemembers in danger.
The April 2 tragedy at Fort Hood was the third mass shooting on a military base in five years. That’s because our trained servicemembers aren’t allowed to carry their weapons under a regulation implemented in 1993. Before the ban, there were not large numbers of gun accidents or shootings on military bases.
Like most others, this spree ended when the killer was confronted by a military police officer with a weapon and he killed himself. However, she could not arrive until after he shot 19 unarmed soldiers. Three tragically died…
…That’s why I introduced H.R. 3199, the Safe Military Bases Act. It’s currently in the Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee.
The 20-year experiment has failed. Rather than make bases safer, stripping trained servicemembers of weapons has turned them into soft targets for mass killers.
It’s time to restore the right of trained soldiers to carry their firearms. No reasonable person can oppose that.
Sounds like a plan to me. According to the text of the bill, it would accomplish this by repealing Army Regulation 190–14 and Department of Defense Directive Number 5210.56 which are apparently the regulations that prevent military personnel from being armed on base.
The bill currently has several co-sponsors including,
Rep. Bill Posey (Florida)
Rep. Louie Gohmert (Texas)
Rep. Pete Olson (Texas)
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (California)
Rep. Randy Weber (Texas)
Rep. Michael Burgess (Texas)
Rep. Ralph Hall (Texas)
Rep. Rob Bishop (Utah)
Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (Michigan)
Rep. Blake Farenthold (Texas)
Rep. Marlin Stutzman (Indiana)
Rep. Paul Broun (Georgia)
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (Georgia)
Rep. Scott Perry (Pennsylvania)
Rep. Steven Palazzo (Mississippi)