As Donald Trump’s presidency looms on the horizon, positive changes are already starting to happen. The Pentagon just announced an impressive directive that Americans have long been pushing for. Likely thanks to Trump’s election, the new rule, that should have been implemented many years ago, is one that will finally allow our military service members to fight back against terrorism even while on U.S. soil.
Over the last several years, multiple attacks by terrorist gunmen on military installations have claimed many military lives. One of the biggest questions from Americans after each of those murderous sprees was, “Why aren’t our troops allowed to protect themselves while stateside, the same way they are allowed to while deployed?”
Civilians and military alike were upset that our trusted and qualified troops were banned from carrying concealed personal weapons on military installations. Those skilled marksmen may have effectively reduced the number of casualties in the multiple attacks by lone-wolf terrorists at military facilities over the years.
With Barack Obama’s obvious hatred of the Second Amendment, no matter how many times our troops were slaughtered like sitting ducks, he wasn’t going to allow properly licensed service members to carry concealed on federal property. However, now there’s a new sheriff in town, and things are finally going to change.
According to Military.com, the Department of Defense (DoD) released detailed guidance on Friday which now allows eligible military service members across all branches to carry a properly concealed personal firearm while on duty.
The requirements are rather simple:
“Arming and the Use of Force,” a Nov. 18 Defense Department directive approved by Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work, lays out the policy and standards that allow DoD personnel to carry firearms and employ deadly force while performing official duties.
Commanders, O-5 and above, “may grant permission to DoD personnel requesting to carry a privately owned firearm (concealed or open carry) on DoD property for a personal protection purpose not related to performance of an official duty or status,” the document states.
Applicants must be 21 years of age or older, the age many states require an individual to be to own a firearm, according to the document. Proof of compliance may include a concealed handgun license that is valid under federal, state, local or host-nation law where the DoD property is located.
“Written permission will be valid for 90 days or as long as the DoD Component deems appropriate and will include information necessary to facilitate the carrying of the firearm on DoD property consistent with safety and security, such as the individual’s name, duration of the permission to carry, type of firearm, etc.,” according to the document.
The eligibility requirements also state that applicants should not be subject to past or pending disciplinary action under the Uniform Code of Military Justice or in any civilian criminal cases.
Personnel carrying firearms “will not be under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicating or hallucinatory drug or substance that would cause drowsiness or impair their judgment while carrying a firearm,” the document states. [via Military.com]
Basically, our troops were just granted the same permission to protect themselves and others that civilians in most states have had already for a very long time. They are our best and bravest, and we’ve entrusted them to defend our freedoms while fighting terrorism abroad, but for too long, they’ve been legally prevented from defending themselves while in uniform at home.
There is no doubt that the election of Trump played a role in the Pentagon making the final push to give our troops the ability to defend themselves at home as well as overseas. I’m willing to bet that any potential terrorists who were thinking about striking another military facility will think twice now.
[h/t American Grit]