GOP bill allows guns on military bases

House Republicans on Thursday introduced legislation that would end the ban on carrying firearms on military bases in response to this month's shooting spree on a Washington, D.C., naval base that left 13 dead, including the shooter.

Rep. Steve StockmanSteve StockmanCornyn to run for reelection in 2020 Former congressman indicted on conspiracy charges Ex-GOP rep blames arrest on 'deep state' conspiracy MORE (R-Texas) proposed the Safe Military Bases Act, H.R. 3199, along with six other House Republicans. Stockman said the bill would reverse the Clinton-era gun policy that he said has led to two mass shootings on bases.

"Our disarmed military bases are vulnerable targets for terrorists, as we saw in Fort Hood and the Navy Yard," Stockman said Thursday. "Despite that, soldiers trained to use guns cannot carry on base.

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"The result is two mass killings where defenseless soldiers had to watch as their friends were murdered."

Stockman said it makes no sense to allow civilians to carry concealed weapons in public, while members of the military who are trained in firearms use cannot carry weapons while on base. Critics of this policy argued in the wake of last week's shooting that the event took place in a "gun-free zone," even though it was a military base, the Washington Navy Yard.

"Saving lives by allowing trained soldiers to carry firearms should be an easy fix," he said. "No reasonable person can oppose that."

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