As Twitchy reported Wednesday, two Congressmen sent a letter toÂ President Obama urging that Lt. Cmdr. Tim White not be charged withÂ illegally discharging a firearm on federal property. WhiteÂ had defied a “gun free zone” policy byÂ using his personal firearm to return fire atÂ Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez during an attack on the Navy Operational Support Center in Chattanooga, Tenn.
WSMV-TV in Nashville is reporting today thatÂ Tennessee ArmyÂ andÂ Air National Guard members with valid permits can now carry handguns at military facilities.Â Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Tennesseeâs adjutant general, announced the decision today:
âWe have been very deliberate in making the decision to arm our Tennessee National Guard,â Haston said in a release. âThis 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.â
Haston also announced that selected guard personnel working on federal facilities would be allowed to carry federally issued handguns.
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