Do You Know Your Military Base Firearm Laws?

Do You Know Your Military Base Firearm Laws?

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Military Base Firearm Laws can be confusing, especially when you end up living at two different military bases within one year like I did. I own several firearms and the first time I encountered military base firearm laws was during the PCS move when the movers asked me if my firearms were registered on the base. My response..."Huh?"

This incident took place when we had to move from the Pentagon to Maxwell AFB for my wife to go to school. I was already a male military spouse for more than 10 years, but I had never thought about or encountered military base firearm laws. An interesting point to note here is that in my entire time as a male military spouse, we have lived on base once. While this may have had something to do with my not encountering the military base firearm laws before this PCS move, it had nothing to do with my ignorance of the laws.


Before I go too far, let me point out that it is important as a gun owner to know the firearm laws of the community you are in. That responsibility comes automatically with the right own firearms. My failure to know the firearm laws for the military bases I was leaving and going to did not excuse from those laws. Telling the movers that "I didn't know" about the firearm laws didn't make me any less of a violator of those laws.

But what are the military base firearm laws? You may find differences as you go from one military base to another. The important thing is for you to remember to seek out the firearm laws for your military base. That's right, at the same time you are trying to figure out where housing is located, where the clinic and hospital are located, ask around for the statutes that have the firearm laws for that installation. There are a couple of things that are pretty standard, though.

1. Non-military personnel are not allowed to enter a base with a firearm on their person or in their vehicle. Yes, I know that there will be someone out there ready to argue with me using their personal experience of getting through the gate with a gun in the glove compartment. The rule still stands. Whether the rule is enforced is a different matter altogether.

You'll need more than luck, if you happen to be the unfortunate soul caught trying to get through a gate check vehicle inspection with a firearm. You may also find that your conceal carry permit won't help you. 

2. Private gun ownership is allowed on base. As of 2010, the Pentagon changed the 1993 rule by President Clinton, making it mandatory for all private firearms brought on base to be registered with the Military Police.

You may be asking, "I can own a gun on base, but I can't carry it? How do I get to the shooting range?" Then again, maybe not.

The point of all these words I put together is really to try and help a new male military spouse avoid one of those moments when your ignorance is revealed...publicly. Remember my responses: "Huh?" and "I didn't know."

Obviously carrying a firearm on a military base is a big deal. Take the initiative and find out what the military base firearm laws are for you.

As for me, I quickly registered my firearms and all was fine again. The process was quick. My wife brought me the form to fill out and I completed the form with my firearm information and turned it into the Military Police. Note: I made copies of the form so all we had to do was turn a copy into the next base we moved to.

HTH!

- Taurus

Taurus James is a professional IT Consultant and Web Developer with over ten years experience working within various industries. He is also a stay-at-home-dad, minister, musician and composer of Moody instruMental Music.

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