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Weapons on Military Bases

Discussion in 'Legal' started by buckshott, Nov 8, 2008.

  1. buckshott

    buckshott Active Member

    Hi Guys,
    This might seem like a dumb question, bit I could use some guidance here. I am retired military and my wife is really in bad health. We get her meds at a military base which is about 150 miles from home. We go every 3 months and the savings is over $1000 per month. I have a CCW and almost always carry. I usually carry when I go to the Base and never have any problem. Just before arriving, I put it in the trunk.Id card and vehicle sticker up to date. My question is, can a weapon be checked at the Main Gate and picked up on the way out, or just shut up and keep doing what I'm doing?
  2. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    I am also retired military (US Navy). At most of the Naval bases I have been to. Yes they will store your weapon at security if they have facilities to do so. It would pay to ask [by phone].
  3. 22lr

    22lr Well-Known Member

    What ever you do, ask before you show up at the gate, with a lot of bases using rent-a-cops you dont what them freaking out about you having a gun. It never hurts to find out before hand.
  4. Bob R

    Bob R Well-Known Member

    Most facilities will allow you to drive to security to store your weapon while on the base.

    When I lived in Montana, Malmstrom AFB only required you to unload and lock your weapon in a case while you were on base. If you were spending the night on base you had to take your gun to the armory.

    Here in Spokane, at Fairchild AFB, if I decide to carry onto the base, I notify the gate guard and then I go straight to security to store my weapon while on base.

    Each base is different, some to the point of not allowing guns at all. All you can do is call the security supervisor and ask what their procedures are.

  5. Treo

    Treo member

    Have you considerd getting a lock box installed in your trunk? I can't speak for the Navy but every once in a while the Army gets a wild hair and decides to search every car coming on post. For those who say just decline entry onto the post implies consent
  6. Battlespace

    Battlespace Well-Known Member

    I work on a military installation (Army) and use the range there quite often. I am required to carry the gun in the trunk and the ammunition inside the passenger compartment. The guards usually just have me open the trunk and glance at the gun(s) to be certain they are unloaded. However, since i work there and go back and forth every day I also know 95% of the guards, both DOD police and the rent-a-cops.

    When I go to work next week I will ask and post the reply.
  7. Frog48

    Frog48 Well-Known Member

    Can local LEO's carry on military bases, while off-duty?

    I'd image that more than a few LEO's are in the Reserves or NG.
  8. Treo

    Treo member

    When I was in the guard they said "No" but a few of our guys that were cops did anyway because their Dept. required it. They were discrete.
  9. Mainsail

    Mainsail Well-Known Member

    McChord AFB is using an X-ray van to scan 'randomly' selected cars on the way in. If you refuse to allow your car, and you since you're driving, to be x-rayed, then you are denied access for one year.

    Food for thought.
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2008
  10. ilbob

    ilbob Well-Known Member

    My dad gets his meds through the VA mail order program he only has to actually go there once a year.
  11. deadin

    deadin Well-Known Member

    Bob R hit it exactly. I have traveled all over the US, staying on bases in my RV and every one is different. I have found that "generally" the Air Force is the most friendly, then the Army, then Marines and then the Navy being the strictest. There are exceptions to every rule, like March Field (AF Reserve Base) where I had to be escorted by security to take my CO2 pellet gun to the armory.
  12. DMF

    DMF Well-Known Member

    Depends on variety of factors, but primarily on whether the officer is carrying in area of concurrent jurisdiction v. exclusive federal jurisdiction. Anyone who gives a blanket yes or no on that question is giving you bad information.
  13. Steve in PA

    Steve in PA Well-Known Member

    For all intents and purposes, no an off-duty LEO will not be allowed to carry on a military base.

    Before anyone says anything, I am a LEO and I am also prior military, USMC and NG.

    As I said, under very limited circumstances will a LEO, whether on or off-duty be allowed to carry on base.

    On duty, if you are following up on an investigation or something of that matter, then yes.....after checking in with the appropriate authorities and being escorted by a member of the base, you will be carrying.

    Off-duty, officially the answer again would be no. Of couse if you are not checked at the gate, then who is going to know?

    Of course, unless you are military you are not going to get on the base anyway.
  14. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    Anyone ever hunt on Vandenberg Airforce Base in California? I have. When you go through the gate, the guards see your rifle and only ask if it is loaded. Then tell you to proceed. I've hunted all over that base with a loaded rifle. I've even been seen leaning against the fence that surrounds minuteman and and other defence missles glassing the area for deer and pigs. No big deal there...Even go to the the PX to buy ammunition with the rifle in the vehicle...

    They even have camping areas on base for the hunters. Both RV and tent areas...
  15. DMF

    DMF Well-Known Member

    Sorry, but I too was active duty, then a reservist, and am currently an LEO, and disagree. Areas of concurrent jurisdiction are not exclusively controlled by the federal government, and the military cannot arbitrarily keep state and local LE out of those areas. In fact state and local have the authority to enter and enforce state and local law in those areas, often unescorted, and do not require permission to do so. So in areas of concurrent jurisdiction the issue of "off duty" carry can be quite complicated, and certainly is not as simple as saying the military can keep someone out of that area. Some agencies have policies that specifically address "off duty" carry, and in areas of concurrent jurisdiction those policies might authorize the officer to be armed in areas of concurrent jurisdiction when "off duty."
  16. deadin

    deadin Well-Known Member

    You might give a definition and examples of the differences between "concurrent jurisdiction" and an actual "military base."
  17. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    DMF...I served on a lot of U.S. Navy bases in my 22+ years and cilivian LEOs could NOT come on base and arrest someone without probable cause and an escort. Police officers did not have free access to Navy Bases...
  18. DMF

    DMF Well-Known Member

    Well, I worked LE on military bases for several years. In areas of concurrent jurisdiction the local and state LE do NOT need permission to come onto the base and enforce state and local law. Of course they need PC to arrest someone, that's no different on or off base for any LE jurisdiction.

    As for a definition of concurrent jurisdiction"

    Jurisdiction limits the exercise of authority. The jurisdiction of every offense or incident depends upon the status of the suspect, international agreements and treaties, the "service connection" of the offense, and other factors. The SJA is always consulted where questions exist about jurisdiction.

    The term "exclusive jurisdiction" refers to the power granted to Congress by the United States Constitution to exercise legislative authority. It also applies to similar power acquired by the US through cession by a state, or by a reservation made by the US upon the admission of the state into the Union. In the exercise of exclusive jurisdiction, the federal government assumes sole jurisdiction over the designated area. For example, many military installations have exclusive federal jurisdiction. The federal government then exercises its executive, legislative, and judicial authority over that area and the personnel within it. To avoid the difficult task of enacting and maintaining a code of criminal laws appropriate for all areas under its legislative jurisdiction, Congress passed 18 USC 13, commonly referred to as the Assimilative Crimes Act. In this statute, Congress provided that all acts or omissions occurring in an area under federal jurisdiction, which would constitute crimes if the area were under the state jurisdiction, will constitute similar crimes, similarly punishable, under federal law. This act does not assimilate crimes based on state statutes that are contrary to federal policy and law, such as civil rights legislation, nor does it assimilate state law if there is an existing federal statute or law on the subject.

    Concurrent jurisdiction exists when the US is granted authority that would otherwise amount to exclusive legislative jurisdiction over an area, but the state in which the area is located retains the right to simultaneously exercise its authority along with that of the federal government. It is an area of dual jurisdiction. Under concurrent jurisdiction, state criminal laws are applicable in the area and can be enforced by the state. The same laws can be enforced by the federal government under the Assimilative Crimes Act, which is applicable to areas under concurrent as well as exclusive jurisdiction of the US. Federal criminal laws also apply. Many crimes fall under both federal and state sanction, and either the federal or state government, or both, may take jurisdiction over a given offense."


    But hey maybe I'm wrong, AND so is the US Army in it's own field manual. Because we all know the Army is so likely to willing cede authority to anyone else on their bases. ;)

    Now, as a practical matter most bases draft agreements with local and state LE agencies likely to be enforcing state law on military bases in areas of concurrent jurisdiction on the procedures to be followed when operating on military bases. However, those agreements would not enable a base to stop state and local LE from operating in areas of concurrent jurisdiction on base. If the base chooses not to follow the agreement, the state and local LE has every right to enforce state law on the base in areas of concurrent jurisdiction.

    Examples abound, as areas of exclusive federal jurisdiction were the minority of property on military bases, although after 9/11/01 the federal government has moved to get more areas on military bases designated as areas of exclusive federal jurisdiction. This has created the problem of burdening the federal district courts in those areas of dealing with more cases of crimes where civilians are suspects and which must be prosecuted in federal court, because in areas of exclusive federal jurisdiction the state cannot prosecute.
  19. johnsonrlp

    johnsonrlp Well-Known Member

    Your best bet would be to call the Provost Marshall's office and ask for a rundown on post weapons policy. Every post is different.
  20. NavyLCDR

    NavyLCDR member

    I hate to get into pissing contests, but I have to state the Bushmaster is correct on this one. If the US military wants to close the gates to US installations, and even civilian facilities occupied by US military, for any reason, usually due to an escalation in the Force Protection Condition (FPCON), civilian law enforcement can sit outside the gates all they want to, but they are not getting in.

    I have very personal knowledge of this policy as I was the Officer in Charge of such a task force, and deadly force, during periods of escalated FPCON was authorized to keep ANYONE out, law enforcement or not. National Security issues take precedence over enforcement of state and/or local laws.

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