Tennessee Army, Air National Guard with valid handgun permits can carry handguns [Video]

Tennessee Army, Air National Guard with valid handgun permits can carry handguns [Video]

Better late than never. Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Tennessee’s adjutant general, just announced that the Tennessee Army and Air National Guard will be allowed to carry handguns at state armories and facilities as long as they have a valid handgun permit. They are the eighth state to take steps to arm their military personal so they can take action against terrorists and those who come around looking to kill people. It’s a pity that four Marines and a sailor had to die to get this to happen. But it will save lives of others as we go forward into a future that is assuredly going to be more violent and replete with terrorist attacks. Tennessee seems to be a hotbed lately for them. It shouldn’t have taken a month though to come to this conclusion. In fact, this should have been standard procedure for the military in a sane world.

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From WSMV.com:

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) –

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Tennessee Army and Air National Guard members with valid Tennessee handgun permits will now be allowed to carry handguns at state armories and facilities.

Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Tennessee’s adjutant general, announced the decision Thursday.

The move comes after last month’s attack at a Chattanooga military facility that left four Marines and a sailor dead.

After the shooting, Gov. Bill Haslam tasked Haston with increasing security of military personnel and facilities.

“We have been very deliberate in making the decision to arm our Tennessee National Guard,” Haston said in a release. “This is not a step that we take lightly, but it is apparent that military personnel have been targeted and the protection of our soldiers and airmen is of utmost importance. Physical security and risk assessment is something that we continually do as part of our day to day obligations.”

Tennessee joins seven other states that have beefed up security measures for National Guard members.

Many of those states’ governors signed executive orders in the days following the Chattanooga shooting. Haslam said he was going to ask Haston to look into ways to increase security in Tennessee.

“What we wanted to do after the crisis in Chattanooga is to be thoughtfully and go through a process rather than going to the panic mode that would do something to potentially put our service members in a physically or legally compromising position,” Haston said.

In a compromising position? I call death pretty compromising. “We have been very deliberate in making the decision to arm our Tennessee National Guard,” Haston said in a news release. “This is not a step that we take lightly, but it is apparent that military personnel have been targeted and the protection of our Soldiers and Airmen is of utmost importance.” He also said “physical security and risk assessment is something that we continually do as part of our day to day obligations.” Like I said, it should have been done long ago and this is just verbal justification for not having done so earlier. You should tell that to the families of the dead military personnel. I’m sure it will be of great comfort to them – not. Haston ended by saying, “Federal law prohibits carrying a personally owned weapon on a Federal facility. Therefore, selected personnel working on Federal property will draw and carry a federally issued firearm for protection.” This is nowhere near enough, but it’s a start. At least our boys and girls now will stand a chance against these ‘lone wolves’ and the Islamic wolf pack.

WSMV Channel 4

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