A new Senate bill would address the gun-free zones that many critics blame for worsening a string of shootings against domestic military targets, most recently the Chattanooga shooting which cost the lives of four Marines and one Navy sailor.
The bill — which Senator Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, plans to introduce this week — would allow active-duty military members to carry their private weapons at American military installations, lifting the previous gun ban.
Current Department of Defense policy prohibits carrying weapons on military installations unless specifically given permission as law enforcement or security. Activists say the shootings at the Navy Yard, Fort Hood, and Chattanooga would have been prevented if the military members were allowed to carry their personal weapons to work.
“What happened in Chattanooga can never happen again,” Moran said in a statement. “The U.S. Constitution guarantees the ‘right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,’ yet our men and women in uniform are being prevented from exercising this constitutional right when fulfilling their duties on American soil.”