Rigell calls for changes to military concealed carry laws

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Representative Scott Rigell is calling on the Pentagon to make immediate changes to concealed carry laws on military installations across the country.

Rigell (R-Va.) sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to act quickly in allowing base commanders to give permission to eligible personnel to carry a firearm at work.

The call to action comes one day after a tragic shooting in Chattanooga, Tenn., where four marines were killed and others injured.

“This domestic terror threat is increasingly the new reality here, and we can take practical steps to address it,” Rigell said. “… to allow members who have concealed weapons permits to be able to carry a personal firearm with the expressed permission and knowledge of the base commander.”

The congressman said, while military police are allowed to be armed, other personnel, including men and women in uniform who work in recruiting centers in Virginia, are not able to carry.

Rigell is hopeful with enough political support that Carter will order the new changes.

“I’m convinced it would have been a better outcome, or at least our marines would have felt like they had a fighting chance, and that’s what we owe them,” Rigell said.

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