In the wake of the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that left 13 dead including the shooter, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) announced plans to introduce a bill to allow military personnel to pack heat while on military bases.
Stockman told a crowd at the Liberty Political Action Conference on Friday night they were the first to hear about the bill, which he plans to introduce in the coming weeks. The legislation, sponsored by Stockman, will allow military personnel to not only carry, but also fire back in the event that an armed combatant opens fire on a military base.
“You know, it’s really strange, and one of the things we’re introducing which we’ll, you’ll be the first to hear this, is that, do you all find it odd that somebody can pull out a gun on a military base and our guys can’t shoot back?” Stockman asked the crowd. “I don’t know about you but I’m sitting there going, ‘that is the strangest thing.’ These are the guys that we entrust to protect our families. These are the guys that we entrust to protect our country. These are the guys who, by the way, we have trained. And what do we do? We say, ‘excuse me, you can protect our nation but you better not protect yourselves.'”
Stockman continued, noting this is the second time in recent history someone has carried out a mass shooting on a military base — the first being Nidal Hasan, who shot and killed 13 and injured more than 30 others at Fort Hood in 2009.
“Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone whipped out a gun back and shot that SOB?” the Texas Republican continued. “…It’s really wrong that we have a policy in which we don’t trust out military to protect themselves.”
He then described his plans for the bill, which would allow those in the military to carry on base.
“I want every military man to have a sidearm, and if somebody goes crazy, there will nine people or 10 people shooting back,” Stockman said.
Concealed carry is currently prohibited on military bases — per a directive issued by President George H.W. Bush in 1992 — and every gun kept on a military base must be registered with the base’s provost marshal. Additionally, if one wants to use a gun — whether it’s for leisurely shooting at an on- or off-base range or for a military exercise — it must be checked out of the base armory and returned.
The only people on base allowed to carry guns are the military police, and they too must check their firearm in and out of the armory. Any person who arrives with a gun must leave it at the gate.
Stockman’s office did not return Red Alert Politics’ request for comment by the time of publication.