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Sen. Rick Scott wants military officers to carry firearms on U.S. bases

Posted at 1:05 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 15:47:50-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Senator Rick Scott is calling for policy changes regarding firearms being carried on U.S. military bases following the recent tragic shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola.

Senator Scott released the following statement:

"It defies logic that our men and women in uniform, who we train to operate multi-million dollar pieces of military equipment and trust to keep our country safe, are not allowed to carry firearms on U.S. military bases. It’s time for this policy to change. The terrorist attack at NAS Pensacola shows that it’s more important than ever for our men and women in uniform to be in a position to defend themselves. I will work with the leadership of the Armed Services Committees and the Department of Defense to see what needs to be done to change this policy and allow military officers to carry firearms on U.S. military bases.”

The Dec.6 shooting left four dead and eight injured.

The suspected shooter, who was also killed, was a member of the Saudi Arabian military training at the station, according to five US defense officials.