A proactive Governor Doug Ducey signs an executive order Wednesday, allowing Arizona National Guard members to be armed beyond the security gate. Ducey, taking last week’s deadly Tennessee shootings of five service men at

military facilities to heart, is authorizing Arizona Guard members to pack heat while on duty. Lieutenant Gabe Johnson with the Guard says, the move is welcome from the rank and file, who’ll be eligible to receive government issued firearms. But the new policy also goes one step further, allowing on-duty service personnel to bring their personal guns to work as well. However, Johnson points out that arrangement will require extra training.

While larger guard installations typically have full-time security, several Arizona armories and recruiting stations don’t, leaving them sitting ducks for a rampaging gunman on the attack. Several other states have already adopted the new policy.

–Barbara Villa

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