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Increase Safety by Increasing Guns?

Safe Military Bases Act aims to Reduce Violence by Increasing gun Possession

A recent murder on Nellis Air Force Base here in Nevada along with shootings at a Navy base in Washington, D.C. and an Army post in Texas has many people wondering just how safe military posts are anyway. In response to this violence, one lawmaker has introduced what is known as the Safe Military Bases Act in an effort to keep our service members free from violence.

The bill was introduced by Representative Steve Stockman, R, TX on September 26, 2013. The goal of this legislation is to “safeguard military and civilian personnel on military bases by repealing bans on military personnel carrying firearms and for other purposes.”

If enacted, it would repeal current military regulations and DOD directives that prohibit service members and civilian workers from carrying firearms except for in their official capacity. It would also prohibit the Secretary of Defense from enacting similar regulations concerning gun control in the future.

Like other places that have enacted so-called “safe zones”, military bases have seen a dramatic increase in gun violence in recent years. This new legislation aims to reduce that number, since gun possession can be directly tied to a reduction in violent crime.

The bill is currently being reviewed by the House Armed Services Military Personnel Committee and the House Judiciary Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Committee. These two groups will determine whether or not a particular bill will proceed. No time has yet been established for making the decision. The Safe Military Bases Act currently has 12 cosponsors.