By Lisa M. Ruth (started her career at the CIA, where she won several distinguished awards for her service and analysis. After leaving the government, she joined a private intelligence firm in South Florida as President, where she oversaw all research, analysis and reporting.)
WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 — The latest Fort Hood shooting is reigniting the debate over allowing soldiers on U.S. bases to carry weapons. Currently, soldiers do not have access to private weapons when on-base. Soldiers retain their Constitutional rights to bear arms, however on a military post, it also has to be legal to carry that weapon on post.
Army Regulation 90-114, passed in 1993, prohibits anyone who is not involved with law enforcement or security from carrying weapons on military installations.
However, this does not constitute complete disarming of soldiers on bases. The regulation allows law enforcement personnel to carry weapons to:
- Conduct law enforcement activities including cases or investigations of espionage, sabotage, and other serious crimes in which Department of Army (DA) programs, personnel, or property are involved and investigations conducted in hazardous areas or under hazardous circumstances.
- Protect classified information, systems, or equipment.
- Protect the President of the United States, high ranking Government officials, DOD personnel, or foreign dignitaries.
- Protect DOD assets and personnel.
- Guard prisoners.
Military and civilian personnel may be authorized to carry firearms for personal protection when the responsible intelligence center identifies a credible and specific threat against DA personnel in that regional area. Firearms will not be issued indiscriminately for that purpose.
Before individuals are authorized to carry a firearm for personal protection under this regulation, the authorizing official must evaluate:
- The probability of the threat in a particular location.
- The adequacy of support by DA or DOD protective personnel.
- The adequacy of protection by U.S. or host nation authorities.
- The effectiveness of other means to avoid personal attacks.
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