Posted on Jan 25, 2014
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There is a policy that states that I can not have a personal firearm while I am stationed in DC. I asked my CoC if I could store my firearm off of government property with a trusted friend, who was willing to do so. I was told that since I am on "Deployment" here in DC, that my command has more authority over this issue than a typical unit would at their home station. 

I have provided them with a law several months ago, and contacted a JAG who told me that I was correct in thinking that this policy was against the law. What do I do to show my CoC that they do not have the legal authority that they think they do? 

I have already submitted a request for exemption to policy, which was denied. I then provided my BN Commander with the law, and he said that he would have his JAG look into it. That was well over 2 months ago, and I haven't heard anything. 

As I am seriously considering trying to go to sniper school, I believe that it is important to shoot as often as possible. However, without access to my personal firearm I am severely hampered in that respect. 

I would like some advice for how to go about this issue in a way that will not be deemed as insubordinate. Especially since I have already been told, by my command, that I do not have the right to have a personal firearm in the DC area, regardless of where I store it. 

Thank you for your responses. 
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1SG Steven Stankovich
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SPC(P) Needham, you have checked all the appropriate blocks with regards to research and providing your CoC to make an informed decision.  I would go to your PSG and ask to see your 1SG.  Ask him to follow up with the BN CSM with regards to your due out from the BC.  If there is no resolution at that point, the IG is always an avenue available for Soldiers when it comes to policy issues.
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That is exactly what I was considering! Thank you very much MSG Stankovich. I appreciate it. 
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That's is some great advice from MSG Stankovich. Keeping your NCO Support Channel engaged will lend a lot credibility to your argument. Good luck.
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Just going into the DC firearm laws. It is perfectly legal to own a firearm in the District. Back in the day, yes they were no-nos, and most people are under the impression that it remains that way to this day. I know you said that you have already provided your CoC with the local laws, but do you have the JBAB weapon instructions? I can forward them to you if you like.
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SPC Needham, do you live on post or off post?

Personally, if a commander told me I couldn't have a personal firearm, and I lived OFF post (which I do), I'd just smile, nod my head, salute, and move on........

And obtain my firearm anyway, keeping it OFF post and never even trying to bring it on post legally. If they found out about it and tried to UCMJ me for it, I'd ask for a court martial. Yeah, that'll go fun.
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