I recently wrote an article for this blog on the new Military Concealed Carry policy that has been created that allows certain people to carry a concealed firearm while on a military (of DoD) base or facility. Since then, commanders have been fielding a lot of questions as to who, exactly, is allowed to carry concealed. One of the more common questions asked is: Can retirees carry on base? To prevent any misunderstandings that might get someone into trouble, here is the answer: No.
Current Military Concealed Carry Policy
The current policy only applies to uniformed service members and civilians working for the U.S. Military. It does not apply to retirees, according to Defense Department officials.
The policy, which is known as, “Arming and the Use of Force,” was released on November 18 by the Department of Defense, and approved by Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work. In it are detailed guidelines that provide for certain active duty soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard personnel to carry privately owned firearms on DoD property. It also covers guidelines for certain DoD civilian employees and DoD contractors.
Those Not Covered
According to Major Jamie Davis, spokesperson for the Pentagon, it does not cover retirees and it does not cover dependents. Those will be addressed in the future, he said.
It should also be restated that this is not a blanket policy. Personnel must first get permission to carry from a commander, 0-5 or higher, before they can legally carry their firearms. This applies to both open and concealed carry.
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