Marines Given Green Light to Carry Weapons on Bases for First Time

By Washington Examiner. Marines and civilian personnel in Marine Corps law enforcement roles will be allowed to carry their personal concealed firearms while on base, the head of Marine Corps policy announced on Tuesday.

Lt. Gen. George Smith sent a memo to the entire force telling them that military police, criminal investigators, and Marine Corps Law Enforcement Program police officers will be allowed to carry concealed weapons off-duty. Approximately 3,200 individuals will be eligible to carry their personal firearms under the new policy, Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Joseph Butterfield told the Washington Examiner.

Smith’s memo follows last month’s shootings at Naval Air Station Pensacola and at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam near Honolulu. The attacks left five dead and nine injured. Pearl Harbor gunman Gabriel Romero, a Navy sailor, killed himself at the scene. Pensacola shooter Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a Saudi Air Force second lieutenant, was shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies. . .

Only Marine Corps law enforcement personnel credentialed under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act, known as the LEOSA, will qualify under the new directive. The LEOSA allows active and retired civilian law enforcement to carry concealed weapons across the country, regardless of local laws. Prior to the new directive, Marine Corps law enforcement officials were only allowed to carry service weapons in the course of their official duties. They now will be able to carry their personal concealed weapons when engaging in off-duty activities, like visiting a base commissary. (Read more from “Marines Given Green Light to Carry Weapons on Bases for First Time” HERE)

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Starting Thursday, Nearly All Privately Owned Firearms Will Be Prohibited on Offutt AFB

By Stars and Stripes. Privately owned firearms will no longer be allowed on Offutt Air Force Base beginning Thursday, in a change to the Nebraska installation’s gun policy announced after a review conducted by the 55th Wing commander.

The new policy prohibits almost all personal firearms from base, ending a regulation that allowed individuals with Defense Department identification and concealed carry permits issued by Nebraska or certain other states to access the post with guns that were locked in their vehicles. The base announced the decision by 55th Wing commander Air Force Col. Gavin Marks on Monday in a Facebook post.

“Beginning Jan. 2, 2020, the 55th Wing commander has directed that the transportation of privately owned firearms on Offutt Air Force Base, with few exceptions, will be prohibited,” the Facebook post read. “… The commander’s intent for this change is that firearms will be effectively controlled and safely handled on Offutt AFB and is reflective of the full confidence in the 55th Security Forces Squadron’s ability to defend the installation and its personnel.”

Marks implemented the review of firearms policies on the post after taking command in June. Offutt, just south of Omaha, is home to some 8,000 troops, including the 55th Wing and the headquarters of U.S. Strategic Command, which oversees the U.S. nuclear enterprise among other responsibilities. (Read more from “Starting Thursday, Nearly All Privately Owned Firearms Will Be Prohibited on Offutt AFB” HERE)

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