U.S. Government May Be Arming Civilians In Response To ISIS Threats

A Marine spouse shoots a target with an M9 9mm pistol during the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, Marine Special Operations Support Group Jane Wayne Day at Range F4, Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 24, 2008. Photo by Cpl. Richard Blumenstein

Some have called the U.S. government’s response to increased ISIS/ISIL threats against America, Operation “Fetal Position.” Increased threat levels, recommending military members and their families remove military related bumper stickers from their vehicles and military identifying information from their social media pages.

Congressman Scott Rigell Image Credit: Twitter/@NoticiasSB1

Congressman Scott Rigell
Image Credit: Twitter/@NoticiasSB1

However, Congressman Scott Rigell (R-VA) has another course of action in mind and he introduced the Protect Our Military Families’ 2nd Amendment Rights Act.  The bill would allow military to purchase in the state where their military spouse is permanently stationed or in a neighboring state if the military commutes across state lines to their duty station.

“Considering the threats we face from Islamic extremists, foreign and domestic, and lone wolves, it is prudent that our military families have the tools they need to protect their loved ones,” said Congressman Scott Rigell, who went on to say, “ should be able to purchase in the state where their husband or wife is stationed. They have the right to protect themselves, and this bill allows them to fully exercise their 2nd Amendment right.”

Congressman Rigell was among the first to coordinate federal and state efforts to protect military families after ISIS released a ‘hit list’ of 100 names of military targets. His district, Virginia’s 2nd congressional district, is home to more active duty and retired military men and women than any other congressional district in the country. The Gun Control Act of 1968 restricts citizens from legally purchasing a in any state other than the one in which they reside. An exception to this law was made for active duty service members who are on permanent duty assignment, so that they can be considered a resident of the state in which they are assigned. However, no exception was made for military .

“ISIS, and other terrorist organizations that do not share our nation’s values, see confrontation with the United States as inevitable, and desperately seek new ways to harm our fellow Americans – particularly members of our military community and their loved ones,” said Rigell. “We have an obligation to protect these men and women and ensure they have access to the resources they need to defend themselves and their families in any community they are stationed for duty.”

NoozSaurus also reported on another Amendment proposed for the NDAA FY2016 that would potentially allow military surplus handguns to be sold, along with rifles currently being sold, to the Civilian Marksmanship Program organization. It would seem that current and world events are motivating a shift in attitudes towards civilian gun ownership. Let us know, in the comments, what you think of these proposals and how you view the broader changing views on guns.

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8 Comments on "U.S. Government May Be Arming Civilians In Response To ISIS Threats"

  1. —-“ISIS, and other terrorist organizations that do not share our nation’s values, see confrontation with the United States as inevitable, and desperately seek new ways to harm our fellow Americans – particularly members of our military community and their loved ones,” said Rigell. “We have an obligation to protect these men and women and ensure they have access to the resources they need to defend themselves and their families in any community they are stationed for duty.”—-

    What about the obligation to defend every single American citizen and stop regulations that go against the 2nd ammendmend for everyone??What about all that nonsense that you can only buy a gun in your state? If you are a law abiding citizen, you are the same in any state you go. Hypocrite POS.

  2. Victor Chamoun | May 15, 2015 at 6:55 am |

    i believe it’s only prudent to arm military spouses as well as the general population. We live in a different world now and it’s loaded with violence from the terrorists both here and abroad. It’s time for a major change towards giving back our 2nd amendment rights instead of trying to disarm America.

  3. If this does go forth, would this mean that the military post and bases will allow the carrying of weapons within it boundaries?

  4. A deterrent to invasion by the Japanese in World War 2 was a heavily armed populous, presenting our selves as a soft target will entice our enemy’s to attack at will, wanabees included. Not only should we arm the citizenry we should pass a strict capital punishment law for anyone engaging in the act or conspiracy to act in terrorist attacks within the US.

  5. Sgt.Daniel Bsrnett USARet. | May 15, 2015 at 8:22 pm |

    I am locked and loaded.I will defend my family and country.

  6. Hook me up I love this country and I will defend it no matter what steps foot on our land.

  7. This is great, but my daughter and her boyfriend are Marines, and are not allowed arms on base. How are they supposed to protect themselves? This also applies to the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard.

    We expect them to defend our country, yet disarm them so they can’t protect themselves.

  8. Military personnel should be allowed to carry also in the event that a muslim terrorist made it into the military by political correctness and starts shooting everyone again. But how do you keep the terrorist from carrying also without getting kicked out of the military or forced into retirement for identifying them.

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