GOP congressman: Allow concealed carry on military bases

GOP congressman: Allow concealed carry on military bases

Rep. Mike McCaul on Sunday continued to push for legislation to allow members of the military to carry concealed weapons on base.

“We should be looking at the idea of senior leadership at these bases, give them the ability to carry a weapon,” said McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee on “Fox News Sunday.” “They defend us overseas and defend our freedom abroad, so the idea that they are defenseless when they come on our home bases, I think, Congress should be looking at that and having a discussion with the bases about what would be the best policy.”

McCaul and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) both also pushed for more perimeter security and a focus on mental health of soldiers in the aftermath of last Wednesday’s deadly shooting at Fort Hood, Texas.

“We do need to acknowledge that our military after 13 years of war – it’s been 13 years of war and repeated deployments, Congress should not stress them further with things like sequester and budgetary moves that deprives them of the certainty they need.,” said Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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