Concealed Carry On-Base Concerns
Published September 06, 2016
My question is regarding base personnel with concealed carry permits. With the world in the state it's in, and active shooters becoming more prevalent, I would like to have my firearm available if needed. Can you change the base policy to make this possible?
Thank you for your inquiry about this important topic. Given the many times this issue has been in the national news, we understand there may be questions from our base population. Currently, concealed weapons permits issued by civil authorities are not recognized as binding or authoritative on federal installations. In accordance with current installation policy, only on- duty Security Forces personnel and active, on-duty law enforcement personnel are authorized to carry firearms on Buckley AFB.
As a reminder, the 460th Space Wing security forces currently provide the Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection response force and execute law and order duties for the installation. In the event of an emergency situation, such as an active shooter, it is imperative that responding security forces are able to directly engage the threat and easily distinguish hostile targets from innocents. Accordingly, after coordination with my defense force commander, as well as other federal and state law enforcement professionals, I am concerned about allowing additional firearms onto the installation in an uncontrolled manner. That said, we are currently reviewing a supplemental force protection policy known as the Unit Marshall Program (UMP) as a possible option to give commanders flexibility in posturing hand-selected, trained, and visibly armed military personnel within their facility to aid in evacuation and defense of personnel should a hostile threat develop.
As with many aspects of Anti-Terrorism / Force Protection (AT/FP) operations, the guidance in place is continuously reviewed and validated against any potential threats. The Antiterrorism Office, Security Forces Investigations, and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), in coordination with other federal and state law enforcement agencies, continuously review threat information to ensure all necessary security measures are in place. When necessary, we will not hesitate to take all necessary and prudent measures to improve our AT/FP posture in the future.
Again, thank you for your question. I welcome any additional concerns via the Commander's Action Line.
Col. David Miller Jr.
Commander, 460th Space Wing