Marines Change Rules To Allow Off-Duty Marine Police To Carry Weapons On Base

The U.S. Marine Corps announced it was changing rules to allow active-duty, off-duty Marine cops to carry concealed.

Quantico, VA – The U.S. Marine Corps has changed its concealed-carry rules to permit qualified active-duty Marine law enforcement officers to carry on base while off-duty.

The rule change comes on the heels of several active-shooter incidents that occurred on military bases across the United States, the Marine Corps Times reported.

“In December 2019, the Department of the Navy (DON) suffered two fatal active shooter incidents aboard Naval Base Hawaii and Naval Air Station Pensacola,” the U.S. Marine Corps administrative message said. “These tragic events prompted Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC) to accelerate existing efforts to develop concealed carry policies."

The administrative message announced that active duty military police, criminal investigators, and Marine Corps law enforcement program police officers may concealed-carry personally-owned weapons while off-duty on base if they comply with the 2016 Department of Defense "Arming and the Use of Force” directive, the Marine Corps Times reported.

Permission to carry concealed weapons on base has not been extended to civilian law enforcement officers who serve as Marine reservists while not on Marine orders.

It also does not apply to active-duty law enforcement officers from other branches of the U.S. military, the Marine Corps Times reported.

The law specifically allows only Marines with valid credentials to “carry concealed privately owned firearms... aboard Marine Corps property in the United States and U.S. territories for personal protection not in the performance of official duties.”

It does not authorize Marines to concealed-carry weapons on any base or military installation that is not controlled by the Marine Corps, the Marine Corps Times reported.

And it requires that all personally-owned weapons comply with all local, state, and federal laws for caliber, ammunition, capacity, and design, according to the Marine Corps Times.

The administrative message made it clear that federal concealed-carry restrictions were still in effect “unless previously authorized by the military judge.”

The Marine Corps said it was working to further revise restrictive firearms policies in order to improve base safety, the Marine Corps Times reported.

Comments (23)
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RQueen13
RQueen13

It's about time. Not allowing the Marine law enforcement to carry a weapon. Whoever started that was the biggest idiot on the planet!!!

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

We need a federal law to allow all LEOs and retired LEOs to carry everywhere.

In my state, private citizens cannot carry into a private establishment which posts signs prohibiting firearms, but LEOs can. Same goes for consuming alcohol in private establishments, signs or not.

Oh, but try getting a law like this passed through the US House of Representatives these days. Bet it wouldn't happen, but if it did, you know the Senate would pass it, and Trump would sign it.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Good

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Aren't most members of the armed forced trained in how to use firearms? big guns, little guns, concealable guns, and really big guns? So if they meet those standards to carry weapons because they have received the proper training, why are they not permitted to carry when on base?

Raymelson
Raymelson

I think this is a good thing

GreenMarine50
GreenMarine50

Good God I can't believe the freaking Marine Corps is STILL the most reactive government/military service! I tried to enlist at 16 when parents could sign permission and my father, a USMC veteran, made me wait until I turned 17 then I went in. I was blown away to learn that even AFTER the embassy bombing in Beirut we were still forced to perform guard duty with completely empty weapons. Talk about irresponsible and stupid. My green brothers and sisters deserve to be properly trained and treated like grownups rather than looked at over a pair of glasses with cracked lenses as if their lives have less value than the people they serve.