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GA congressmen, TN delegation co-sponsor bill to better protect military personnel

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The push to better protect U.S. military personnel at bases and recruiting stations has moved another step forward. 

Georgia Congressman Tom Graves (R-14) agreed to co-sponsor a bill that would let more people carry guns on military bases.

First, let's clarify what has been very confusing reporting by the different networks and even local stations about the so-called ban on weapons being carried at bases and recruiting stations.

That directive was issued in 1992, not by any sitting president, but by the Defense Department. It applied only to the Army and all it really said was that only those involved in law enforcement or security work should be carrying a weapon.

Others authorized and trained could also carry a military issued weapon for a wide range of exceptions.

What we saw on Monday in front of the Savannah Marine recruiting station, where a former Marine stood guard for the day fully armed, has been perfectly fine with the Dept. of Defense all along.  No one ever felt the need, until now.

The entire Tennessee delegation is sponsoring what it's calling the "Enhancing Safety at Military Installations Act".  It requires the Defense Dept. to issue a new directive allowing military personnel who have proper firearms training, to carry firearms on bases and at recruiting station.

“Every military spouse, child and family should have the knowledge their loved one can protect themselves against domestic attacks," Graves said.

Congressman Buddy Carter (R-01) is also co-sponsoring the bill.

While this new measure does little to change the current DOD policy on carrying firearms, your elected officials know you are looking for some kind of action to better protect our service men and women and this bill is what they've come up with so far.

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