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Fort Hood issues new policy after soldiers protest for open carry rights


After several confrontations between soldiers and civilian police, Fort hood has created a new policy.

In an email outlining the policy, Fort Hood says, "There is a growing trend of soldiers assigned to fort hood openly carrying firearms in private business establishments."

When approached by police, they say soldiers have been refusing to cooperate with civilian police officers who try to assess if the guns are a threat to the public.

The local owner of B&K Pawn believes some of this confrontation may come from confusing gun laws.

"It seems like a double edge sword the military people under 21 can carry a handgun in pursuit of their duties on Fort Hood," explains Scott McComas. "But once they step off of Fort Hood they aren't really able to carry a firearm because they are not of age."

This new policy intends to clear things up without overruling state law. Fort Hood Major General Anthony Ierardi is now requiring all military personnel to show proper identification at officer's requests.

The policy reads, "Soldiers are prohibited from refusing to present a driver's license or military identification card to any law enforcement in the exercise of his or her official duties, upon request by the law enforcement officer."

Jean Tran, military spouse and owner of JT Sports gun store in Copperas Cove, says soldiers should have the right to carry, but they should also obtain a concealed handgun license.

"Prove you are a U.S. soldier, you serve your country. Be proud about it, don't be worried like 'oh why should I show you my I.D.' That's not necessary."

Violation of the new policy falls under Article 92 UCMJ.

According to Article 92 3.a. violators could receive a maximum punishment of two thirds loss of pay for three months, or confinement for three months.

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