Saturday, August 1, 2015

Arming Troops at Home Secretary of Defense Ash Carter Read Memo

Arming Troops at Home:
Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday ordered the military services to develop new policies that could potentially arm more military personnel who are not regularly engaged in law enforcement responsibilities. Entitled “Force Protection Recommendations Following the Chattanooga Shooting,” the secretary’s memorandum orders the services to review their force protection and security policies, programs and procedures, particularly for the military’s 7,000 off-base facilities located on college campuses, in leased shopping mall office space, and elsewhere. His memo focuses on a review of DOD Directive 5210.56, in which the arming of personnel not regularly engaged in security or law enforcement could be extended to qualified personnel based on the threat and immediate need to protect DOD property and lives. Also under consideration could be the application of the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004, which in 2013 was extended to allow credentialed military personnel who actively work in law enforcement to conceal carry while off duty in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It does not, however, authorize them to conceal carry while on duty, unless their military duties require it. The service secretaries have until Aug. 21 to submit their courses of action. Read Carter’s memo: 

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