WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rand Paul today introduced an amendment, which would amend permit members of the armed forces to possess firearms on military installations in accordance with applicable state and local law, to the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (S.754). Similarly, Sen. Paul introduced S.1839, the Service Members Self Defense Act of 2015, as a stand-alone bill earlier this year.
“I find it ridiculous that the brave men and women serving in our armed forces are asked to defend us overseas but cannot protect themselves once they return home. My amendment ensures that our honorable service members are allowed to protect themselves while serving our nation at home,” Sen. Paul said.
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BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE AMENDMENT:
- Requires the Secretary of Defense to amend U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Directive 5210.56, within 30 days, to allow members of the armed forces to possess firearms for defensive purposes.
- Clarifies the carrying of a concealed weapon by a member of the armed forces, on DOD property, is not a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice or 18 USC 930 – Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities.
- Allowing for the carrying of a concealed weapon by qualified members of the armed forces, with national reciprocity, in accordance with state and local law.