A California lawmaker wants to allow military recruiters to carry firearms to help protect them from extremist attacks like the one in Tennessee on Thursday.
Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter, who served in the Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, plans to introduce legislation as early as Friday that would allow troops manning recruiting stations to carry weapons, or to mandate other military security arrangements for those facilities.
The move follows the wounding of two service members and the deaths of four Marines at military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday.
The gunman, a 24-year-old Kuwaiti immigrant, fired about 30 rounds into the glass doors and windows of the the Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center in a strip mall, according to law enforcement reports. He then apparently drove to a Navy-Marine training center seven miles away and killed the four Marines, police said. Investigators have not released a known motive for the attacks.