Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott Rigell R-VA, joined by 19 Members of the House of Representatives, asked Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to provide an update on the Department of Defense’s (DOD) efforts to comply with Section 526 of the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The language, offered by Rigell in May 2015, directs Secretary Carter to establish and implement a process that allows local commanders to permit members of the armed forces to carry firearms at DOD installations, reserve centers, and recruiting centers as a means of enhanced protection.
The letter to Secretary Carter states: “We know you share our conviction that our service men and women, and their families, make tremendous sacrifices in defense of our freedom. Let us all make their safety, particularly in the homeland, a priority. For that reason, we request that you provide us with an update on how DOD has begun implementing this law.”
Rigell’s force protection language was offered last year in response to multiple instances of domestic terrorism targeting our stateside troops. President Obama signed Rigell’s amendment into law in November 2015 as part of the FY16 NDAA.
The text of the letter and a list of cosigners is available here