Tenn. Army, Air National Guard with permits can carry handguns

Tenn. Army, Air National Guard with permits can carry handguns

Tennessee Army and Air National Guard members with valid Tennessee handgun permits will now be allowed to carry handguns at state armories and facilities.

Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Tennessee’s adjutant general, announced the decision Thursday.

The move comes after last month’s attack at a Chattanooga military facility that left four Marines and a sailor dead.

After the shooting, Gov. Bill Haslam tasked Haston with increasing security of military personnel and facilities.

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“We have been very deliberate in making the decision to arm our Tennessee National Guard,” Haston said in a release. “This is not a step that we take lightly, but it is apparent that military personnel have been targeted and the protection of our soldiers and airmen is of utmost importance. Physical security and risk assessment is something that we continually do as part of our day to day obligations.”

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