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Base members must register privately-owned firearms

Posted 3/15/2010   Updated 3/15/2010 Email story   Print story


by Carl Bergquist
Air University Public Affairs

3/15/2010 - MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. -- Registering a firearm with the appropriate authorities on Maxwell-Gunter is required in order to bring a firearm on base.

Master Sgt. James Kanz, NCO in charge of the 42nd Security Forces Squadron Armory, wants to remind all Maxwell-Gunter members and residents that firearm registration is mandatory for all individuals living on Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base.

"Individuals living in privatized housing are required to register weapons with security forces at the Maxwell Visitor's Center at Building 518 on Maxwell," he said. "Individuals living in single airman quarters are required to register and store their firearms in the 42nd SFS Armory at Building 943 on Maxwell."

The sergeant said individuals living in temporary quarters, lodging, or the dormitories must register and store privately owned weapons in the armory as well.

There, members will be given an Air Force Form 1314, which must be signed by their commander within 72 hours. Once the AF Form 1314 has been signed, they will need to get a copy of their Department of Defense Form 2760, which is a qualification to possess firearms or ammunition out of their personnel records. Both of these forms will then need to be returned to the 42nd SFS Armory.

"If residing in base housing, Airmen should start by having their commander sign an AF Form 1314 with all their weapons listed. They will also need to get a copy of their DD Form 2760 to take to the visitor's center," Sergeant Kanz said. "The Maxwell Visitor's Center will use the information provided on the AF Form 1314 to register the weapons in the Security Forces Management Information System database."

He said concealed weapons permits issued by civil authorities are not valid on Maxwell-Gunter without the expressed written approval of the 42nd Air Base Wing Commander.

Individuals may only transport privately-owned weapons on Maxwell-Gunter when driving directly to and from the armory for storage or their residence in base family housing.

Individuals must notify the entry controller that they have a privately owned weapon in their vehicle when they arrive at a gate and where they intend to transport it. Privately owned weapons must be unloaded and with the ammunition separate from the weapon.

"Individuals may check out their weapon temporarily, but the weapon must be returned within 72 hours, unless they are going on leave, temporary duty or have written permission from their first sergeant or commander," Sergeant Kanz said.

For more information on registering weapons, contact the Maxwell Visitor's Center at 953-4283 or 42nd Security Forces Base Defense Operations Center at 953-7222.

3/22/2010 10:44:56 AM ET
It would seem that many of you are unaware that ALL Military installations have the same procedure in place. It isn't a case of distrust or suspicion that drives this regulation. Its their house and they want to know how many weapons are on board and who has them. It is a tool that can be used for first responders and security personnel. If they respond to a domestic in base housing its a valuable piece of information to know if the residents own weapons. We aren't allowed to carry a weapon into a lot of places but that doesnt mean that your rights are being trampled. Plain and simple it is a base regulation.
Murray USN Ret., Wyoming
3/19/2010 8:03:08 AM ET
my family has had military members for many years and my son with his 2010 vision wants to be a sniper or air force pilot. my father is former air force but its this kind of **** that makes people no longer trust the military or govt.
bill, Pa
3/19/2010 2:12:59 AM ET
Rick apparently didn't read the first line of the report - Registering a firearm with the appropriate authorities on Maxwell-Gunter is required in order to bring a firearm on base. IN ORDER TO BRING A FIREARM ON BASE Rick. If you live in privatized housing off-base and will never bring your firearms ONTO THE BASE then the base registration requirement does not apply.
Gil - USAF Ret, Grants Pass OR
3/19/2010 2:04:09 AM ET
Hasn't this YO-YO heard of what happened at Ft. HoodNot sure where this AFB is but I'm sure not to visit and I hope my son does not get stationed there
Mike Partain, Kansas City Mo.
3/18/2010 9:48:13 PM ET
Looks as though the U.S. military has learned nothing from the Ft. Hood shootingsThose with evil intent do not obey either registration or possession restrictions.This policy needs to be changed.
Doug, Tasmania
3/18/2010 1:28:21 PM ET
This is nothing new. However it has always been a great conundrum and full of hypocrisy. As a military member we are trained in and made fully aware of the use and profession of arms. We train to use them in combat clean and care for them and depend on them for survival. Then the leadership decides that we can't be trusted to keep and maintain them in such a manner as to have them when needed in an emergency such as what happened at Fort Hood. If each soldier there had his weapon available or even his own personal weapon available do you think the *** **** monster would have been able to do what he did Only in America.
VETERAN, omnipresent
3/18/2010 1:20:27 PM ET
If a person is living off base in a privately owned dwelling then it is none of the government's business what is owned. The on-base requirements have been around for many years so this isn't some new developement. It is strange that the military will issue a machinegun to someone but is suspectful of that same person for owning a shotgun.
Rick, USA
3/18/2010 10:09:44 AM ET
Wow The defenders of the U.S. Constitution have their Bill of Rights stripped from them. I didn't see where the Second Amendment had a clause saying does not apply to military personnel. AmazingOh it didn't stop Nidal Malik Hasan the man accused of killing 13 people and wounding 29 at Fort Hood army base did it.
Ken, USA
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