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Marine Veteran Allows Employees to Carry Guns

A Marine veteran and businessman founded a moving company that employs veterans. After last week's killings of four Marines and one sailor by a lone-wolf attacker, he says he will now have at least one armed veteran on duty to provide security for their office. Nick Baucom, founder and president of D.C.-area moving company Two Marines Moving, wrote on Facebook "While my staff works, at least one (emphasis on AT LEAST ONE) of my veterans will be armed and providing over-watch and security while the day's work is done." Baucom, an Iraq veteran who served in the Marine Corps for six years, and a Memphis, Tennessee native also said "My employees, all current or former military, will be able to defend themselves should the need arise."

Baucom also wrote "Mr. President.......can you say the same for your Marines? I challenge you to use your executive power, change the law, and allow those that protect us to protect themselves!" On Thursday, Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, a Kuwaiti-born citizen, opened fire at an armed forces recruitment center and then at a Navy and Marines Reserve Center. There were no armed troops at either location, due to laws that limit the powers of military personnel to act as domestic law enforcement. On Friday, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said the Army was reviewing security at Army facilities, and Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered a two-week review on how to improve security at military installations.

In addition, the FBI said it was treating last week's shooting as "terrorism." On the other hand, Baucom said his employees would not be armed while on moving jobs, due to stringent D.C. gun laws, but at the company's office in Virginia. On Monday, Tennessee Reps. Scott DesJarlais (R) and Steve Cohen (D) introduced a bill to allow troops who are authorized to carry firearms to possess them on bases. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Tenn.) also said he would introduce similar legislation in the Senate. Moran said "Just because a member of our Armed Forces is not deployed to an active war zone does not mean they are safe from those who wish to do harm. These brave individuals must be empowered to defend themselves and others from violence and acts of domestic terrorism."

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Baucom says he wants to empower his employees to protect themselves.

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