In the aftermath of a shooting at a tightly-controlled Naval base in Florida, the US Air Force base in Nebraska is banning Airmen from carrying personal firearms on the base- doubling down on a policy that failed to stop the NAS Pensacola shooting from taking place.
55th Wing commander Colonel Gavin Marks announced the restriction, which will take effect on January 2.
“The current policy, which authorizes registered Department of Defense ID card holders with a Nebraska Concealed Handgun License (CHL) and holders of reciprocating state concealed carry license (CCL) to transport and secure privately-owned handguns in privately-owned vehicles within the base, will no longer be valid,” the commander posted to Facebook. “This policy change comes as a result of the commander’s initial review of the Offutt AFB Integrated Defense and Antiterrorism Plan, a requirement to be completed within 120 days of assuming command.”
The restriction will include weapons that are secured in vehicles, though it would likely be impossible to check each and every vehicle that enters the installation.
Hansen claimed that the mandate was “an internal decision by the commander in consultation with multiple base agencies.”
According to Military.com, exceptions to the rule include those covered under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act, a 2004 federal law that exempts those with law enforcement credentials from restrictions on concealed carry, so long as they abide by state and local laws.
The move comes after a Saudi junior officer killed three and wounded eight on December 6, while he was attending flight training school at Naval Air Station Pensacola.
The shooter, who was being filmed by his fellow Saudis, was eventually taken down by local deputies, who bypassed the Navy and DoD security forces after being dispatched to the installation.
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