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AF Reminds Commanders: Authorized Conceal-Carry, Open-Carry OK on Base

Peter Desjardin, Air Force Global Strike Command, aims a laser sight during a Women’s Introduction to Firearms class on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., April 26, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Andrew Moua)


In light of last year’s Islamic terrorist attack in Chattanooga, Tennessee which left four Marines dead and because the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, the Air Force has reminded commanders that “qualified airmen” are permitted to carry weapons while off duty and out of uniform on base.

Military Times by Bryant Jordan

The Air Force on Wednesday said its review of “active-shooter incidents across the country” found that many ended without police intervention because someone present with a weapon stopped the shooter.

Three programs authorize commanders at all levels — as long as they have authorization from the base commander — to allow conceal-carry or open-carry on the installation.

“None of these programs gives the installation commander authorizations they didn’t already have the authorization to do,” Maj. Keith Quick, the Air Force Security Forces Integrated Defense action officer, said. “We are now formalizing it and telling them how they can use these types of programs more effectively” […]

Long overdue.