Citizens Question Military Bases' 'Gun-Free' Policy


In the aftermath of the shooting at Fort Hood, people are speaking out on both sides about who should be allowed to carry guns on military installations.

"They're trained to fight wars and trained to handle guns so I'm sure that'd be safe in that respect," said Bob Kulpinski, a resident of Colorado Springs.

"I think [guns] should all be locked up except for police," said Angie Barela of Colorado Springs.

A Department of Defense Directive published in April of 2011 set the standard for many military bases across the country saying, "Arming DoD personnel with firearms shall be limited and controlled."

Fort Hood is a 'gun-free' zone, meaning only security personnel are allowed to carry weapons on post.

Fort Carson officials declined an interview but told us the post follows the same policy.

"I think they should be able to keep them in their homes. I mean they carry them to war, why can't they have them in their homes? I mean they're caught totally off guard on a military base," said Holly Gribble, a resident in the Springs.

Peterson Air Force Base and Schriever Air Force Base only allows personnel who are performing law enforcement and security activities to be armed on base.

Military members who reside in housing on either base are authorized to own and possess firearms, although they need to notify and register those guns with security forces within 72 hours of purchase or of moving onto base.

Those living in dormitories are not allowed to have any guns in their possession.

Concealed weapons are not authorized at either base unless that person is part of law enforcement.


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