A new policy regarding privately-owned firearms is now in effect at Fort Hood, Texas, U.S. Army reports.

All resident service people and their families must now report any personally-owned firearms. Those residing temporarily on the base are required to do the same.

Servicemembers living or residing temporarily on the base must also report to the Directorate of Emergency Service any sale, purchase, trade, gift, exchange or any action that changes ownership of a privately-owned firearm. Those servicemembers residing in the barracks must report and stow their personal firearms in their unit’s arms room.

The new policy took effect on Dec. 15 and “applies to all III Corps and Fort Hood servicemembers, major subordinate units, tenant activities and family members across Fort Hood,” Fort Hood reports.

On Nov. 5, U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan open-fired in Fort Hood’s Soldier Readiness Center, killing 13 people and wounding 32 others. He was shot by a civilian officer and is now charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder.

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2 Responses

  1. John Bates Thayer

    I’m with President Clinton on this issue:
    “Don’t ask!”
    “Don’t tell!”

    I’ll register my guns when they get the right to vote.

  2. Kristofer

    Interesting seeing that if the soldiers there had more easy access to firearms, or had been wearing them, Hassan would have been killed moments after beginning his shooting spree. The purposed solution seems antithetical.


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