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Capt Richard P.
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Well....we wouldn't want the Armed Forces to be armed or anything....that could be dangerous.
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TSgt Joshua Copeland I have heard (never looked up in writing) that you cannot conceal in uniform. If anyone has proof one way or another let me know.
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CDR Michael Goldschmidt
CDR Michael Goldschmidt
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Retired federal officials get special consideration in carrying. Federal law enforcement people get special licenses which allow them to carry in ANY state. The same could be done for active and retired military personnel. Then, the "oops" problem goes away.
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Capt Richard P.
Capt Richard P.
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Anybody connected with the SMA? I'd be very interested in his comments on our humble RallyPoint crowdsourced suggestions: https://www.rallypoint.com/answers/arm-the-armed-forces
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TSgt Joshua Copeland
TSgt Joshua Copeland
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MAJ (Join to see) - It is something I have looked for over the last several years. There is nothing that I could find (or anyone else for that matter for any branch) prohibits it outside of if you have the legal authority to Conceal Carry in the state/locality where you are (outside of the gate).
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Cpl Jeff N.
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The Sgt Major pulled a fast one with his answer. He was asked about soldiers being allowed to conceal carry on base. This would presumably mean the person had a permit from the state to do so. Daly's answer was a dodge at best. He said.

"The risk we assume by arming every soldier with [his or her] own weapon is greater than [the risk of] an attack on our own installations."

No one suggested arming "every soldier", only those that have a conceal carry permit duly issued by the state after undergoing an extensive background check etc. The notion that we cannot trust armed soldiers on our own installations is pathetic. I had some hope for this new Sgt Maj of the Army. He is proving to be just another careerist towing the line to protect/advance his career.
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CPT Logistics Officer (S4)
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I was surpised by his comment... it was a requirement to carry a 9mm on base in Afghanistan (or another weapon) but isn't even allowed stateside? I feel like an insider threat poses the same risk in both scenarios.
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TSgt Joshua Copeland
TSgt Joshua Copeland
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I would have to concur. It definitely strikes a chord that "we" can only be trusted with firearms overseas where it is mandated, but not at home where we have even more reason to be diligent.
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PO2 Steven Erickson
PO2 Steven Erickson
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TSgt Joshua Copeland - Add in trusted when "supervised"...
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CDR Michael Goldschmidt
CDR Michael Goldschmidt
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We not only carried on bases in Afghanistan, but in the American Embassy, itself. We were armed at meetings with the Ambassador and the Commanding General. We were locked, but just not loaded. We had to clear our weapons before entering the main embassy building.
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