NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Since 1995, there have been six shootings at military installations in the U.S. — four of those in the last year, and two within the last two weeks. The statistics raise security questions, including weapons guidelines and how they are enforced.
Authorities say a solider used his own pistol Wednesday to kill three soldiers and wound sixteen others at the Texas Army post, Fort Hood, before killing himself. Last week, a civilian opened fire at Naval Station Norfolk, killing a Sailor, before he was shot himself.
While guns for personal use are banned for soldiers who live on the post at Fort Hood, Sailors who live on at the Navy base in Norfolk can have weapons on base, if they meet certain criteria.
A public affairs officer with Naval Station Norfolk said Sailors can have a personal weapons in their on-base residences, if they file a special request with their commanding officer, pass a Navy background check, store the weapon unloaded and away from its ammo, and keep a trigger lock on the gun.
10 On Your Side talked with a local gun shop owner who said his military customers tend to gravitate toward the Beretta semi-automatic handgun and the M-4 rifle, the very weapons they are issued for duty.
The Fort Hood gunman, Ivan Lopez, is said to have used a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol. According to Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, a senior officer at the post, Lopez bought the pistol from Guns Galore, a store in Killeen Texas, on March 1.