From the office of Sen. J.B. Jennings:
Today Senator J.B. Jennings has announced that he has filed legislation to allow all Maryland Army and Air National Guard members to carry a firearm while on duty at National Guard Armories, Air Bases and Recruiting Centers. “My heart aches for the four Marines and U.S. Naval Officer tragically killed last week and their families,” Senator Jennings said. He went on to comment that “I do not want to see a tragedy like this take place ever again, especially here in Maryland.”
Jennings said his legislation will specifically allow National Guard members to carry the weapon for which they are qualified on while on duty at a National Guard Installation. “During the riots in Baltimore City last April, thousands of National Guard Soldiers and Airmen were deployed to keep the streets safe.
Each was armed with a weapon for which they were qualified,” said Jennings, “certainty these men and women who were trusted to help protect Baltimore streets should be afforded armed protection while they are on duty.”
Jennings also noted that by approving The Handgun Safety Act of 2013 (SB 281), the General Assembly has already endorsed the weapons qualification of Maryland Guard members by exempting them from the handgun qualification license required for all gun purchases.