Copy of an email I have just sent to my chain of command (Army Reserve) concerning firearms restrictions on military bases. We shall see what sort of response this gets:
Please escalate this email through the chain as necessary; I am seeking both to raise an issue and find a solution to the problem of ‘gun free zones’ and how it pertains to attendance at drill and military courses/bases. Explanation:
As a law abiding citizen and resident in Virginia, it is my right to own and carry firearms. This right is guaranteed in the Constitution by the Second Amendment and reinforced by the laws of Virginia. I am a concealed carry permit holder for Virginia, which holds for multiple other States. I am able to both open and concealed carry firearms, including rifles and handguns. I regularly carry a concealed handgun as a contingency measure for the defense of both my family and myself.
It has been shown that the infringement of citizens rights by the mandated ‘gun free zones’ simply creates areas of defenseless victims. This has been shown in school shootings and most recently in the Navy Yard shootings. If any number of those civilians had been exercising their right to carry firearms, a response would have been available to STOP THE THREAT far faster than the seven minutes that it has been reported it took for ‘First Responders’ to arrive to engage the shooter.
Virginia is located next to D.C. and Maryland, both of which have created unconstitutional anti-firearms laws that infringe upon the Constitutional rights of citizens to bear arms and be in a position to defend themselves. It has been shown that in the places where firearms are most heavily restricted by local or Federal laws, that is where the most gun crime is. Criminals and the mentally ill do not abide by firearms laws and as such any law which restricts the ability of law abiding citizens to carry firearms simply creates potential victims who are unable to defend themselves.
It has long been a concern of mine that I cannot carry a firearm on a Federal military base. This means that I cannot carry a firearm either on my person or in transit to such a military base. Does this law also apply to the *** drill hall? I know that when I attend courses or competitions, such as when I have driven to Fort Benning and Fort Bragg, I have been unable to take a handgun with me for personal protection while in transit.
I can understand that it may not be appropriate to carry a handgun or personal rifle while in uniform or conducting training, but the primary issue here is the inability to carry to firearm in transit to and from the base, simply because to have it at the base would be a Federal crime. My wife works on *** ***** and although she also has a handgun for personal protection, she is unable to have it with her or in the car when traveling to and from work simply due to Federal law as it applies at *** *****.
I have zero tolerance for any anti-firearms political agenda aimed at disarming the population and creating defenseless victim zones, ripe for criminal violence. As an American Citizen it is my right to bear arms, and that shall not be infringed.
My question: what will the ***** do to make it not a criminal offense to lawfully carry firearms to and from training on Federal establishments?