Senator introduces bill to end firearm bans on military property

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI)
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) | Coutesy of the U.S. Senate
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced legislation on Tuesday that would end firearm restrictions on service members while at military bases.

The Armed Forces Self-Defense Act would allow military and other certified personnel to carry personal firearms while on military property, which includes recruitment offices and reserve centers. It also would stipulate that Department of Defense personnel should be appropriately armed and that they have the inherent right to self-defense.

“We entrust them to defend us," Johnson said. "They shouldn’t be left vulnerable when it comes to defending themselves and their fellow soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. This shortsighted regulation has failed and resulted in enough casualties.”

Citing CNN data, Johnson said that since 2001, approximately a third of Americans accused of plotting a domestic attack allegedly had made plans to attack military targets in the U.S.

The bill would repeal any conflicting regulatory practices, rules or directives already on the books.

“There are a lot of ideas floating around on the best way to address this problem,” Johnson said. “Other members have proposals in mind. I plan to collaborate and ensure we get a bill with all the best ideas that a bipartisan group of senators can rally around to deter future terrorist attacks on military personnel.”

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