Email about Federal Firearms Restrictions

AAR # 1 – Sept 14/15 CRCD Training Weekend
September 17, 2013
AAR # 2 – Sept 14/14 CRCD Training Weekend
September 18, 2013
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:
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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?
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  1. Chuck says:

    As I understand it, USAR Reserve Centers are Federal property, and as such, are, like all Federal buildings, “gun free zones.” I’m in a slightly different situation because I’m in the Guard, but I have decided in my case it’s better not to ask. National Guard Armories are ostensibly State property (unless located on a Federal installation such as Ft. Belvoir), so in theory carry is legal there, however, the Army as an institution is most decidedly NOT gun-friendly and my guess is this carries over to the higher echelons of the Guard. I have no desire to start something that results in a command policy that (assuming one doesn’t already exist) bans privately owned weapons at Armories.

  2. Ryan says:

    As a former Citizen Soldier and current Active Duty member who carries for personal protection I might have something to offer. At least MY experiences might just help.

    Multiple Issues in Play here:
    As to normal going to and from drill we can break that down between 1 foot outside of the installation and inside. Outside of the installation you can do whatever you want within that area’s applicable laws. In Virginia a pistol on you, another in the battle belt in the trunk and a rifle to go with it are probably legal if that’s your thing. Obviously that would not be the case in DC or Maryland but nobody made you be there.

    Inside military installations concealed carry is an absolute legal no go. Can’t find the law but if I recall from guys who were in then it was Bill Clinton’s fault. Strictly speaking guns brought on post should generally be registered and even then only carried on the way to their use in an approved activity (target shooting or hunting, not self defense). All that being said lots of folks probably move around pistols in glove boxes, backpacks, trunks and center consoles for years without ever being noticed. However sometimes a person gets burned on that so use your own judgement.

    Big Army bases are pretty standard in policy on this stuff. USAR and National Guard tiny little buildings in towns all over the US are federal property and almost surely gun free zones but you could park on the street 50 meters away and avoid that issue. Also due to the lack of security guards and random searches the odds of a gun in your trunk being found drop considerably.

    If you drive a privately owned vehicle outside of a military installation to do something for the military I can’t see why that alone would prevent you from carrying a weapon? Of course there is the question of what to do with your weapon(s) at the post on the other end but that refers back to the earlier point.

    As for having a weapon on post and it being a crime. Things to consider. Depending on the post and their policies if you have a registered (with the Provost Marshal) weapon unloaded in a case in a part of the vehicle you cannot reach next to your range bag that has stuff for shooting after work at the on post range that is sufficient in a lot of installations. If you are going somewhere TDY or whatever and want a gun just for the trip then it should be easy enough to store it in the armory or maybe with the provost marshal for the duration of your duties. Another option is to leave your weapon with a trusted individual who lives near that base.

    Hope that gives some ideas to think about.