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Committee on Armed ServicesMilitary PersonnelCommittee on the JudiciaryCrime, Terrorism and Homeland SecurityIntroducedSeptember 26th, 2013
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Safe Military Bases Act
To safeguard military and civilian personnel on military bases by repealing bans on military personnel carrying firearms, and for other purposes.
Safe Military Bases Act - Repeals: (1) Army Regulation 190-14, entitled "Carrying of Firearms and Use of Force for Law Enforcement and Security Duties"; and (2) Department of Defense Directive Number 5210.56, entitled "Use of Deadly Force and the Carrying of Firearms by DOD Personnel Engaged in Law Enforcement and Security Duties." Nullifies any provision in any other law, rule, regulation, or executive order that prohibits military personnel trained in firearms from carrying officially issued or personally owned firearms on military bases. Prohibits: (1) the Secretary of Defense (DOD) and the Secretaries of the military departments from reinstating the firearm bans repealed in this Act or enacting similar restrictions; and (2) the President from taking any executive action, promulgating any rule, or issuing any executive order or regulation to prohibit military personnel from carrying firearms.
You want our bases to be safer. Then we need to allow our trained law enforcement officers to carry our personal pistol concealed while off duty on the installation. This will not only allow for a greater defense of the base but it will also allow the already low manned police shifts a greater back up force. I also believe that while state side or at a CONUS base we should be allowed to carry what ever pistol we choose to carry as long as it meets the same caliber requirement as the standard duty pistol. Myself as a weapons instructor for the military have seen someone come through for a class on the beretta m9 pistol and struggle but later bring out a weapon that they are comfortable or with and shoot very well. This will not only bring the law enforcement personnel more confidence while performing their duty but also reduce collateral damage or collateral casualties because of lack of confidence in the use of deadly force while on duty. But this will also strengthen our base security, especially on smaller installation like three one I am currently stationed at. Greater numbers will equal greater safety at outdoor events and for the base as a whole.