Not only is he not arrested, but he doesn’t even seem to have been monitored. And according to new regulations issued in June,Â he is permitted to carry a privately purchased gun on base, like all other personnel at Fort Hood, provided that it is properly declared at the access point.
No, he wasn’t. If you read the Military Police regulation carefully linked in the quote, you will notice that carry on the base is restricted to certain activities. This regulation in no way shape or form authorizes military personnel, who are not authorized to carry firearms as part of their duties, to carry a loaded firearm on base. Â See here:
When a firearm is authorized to be worn exposed, the official badge of the employing agency will be conspicuously displayed and visible to the casual observer.
This would apply to Military Police, and other personnel who are authorized to carry firearms in accordance with their duties. But later in the regulation, you have what conditions you’re allowed to transport firearms under:
When authorized according to paragraph 5c, weapons transported by person must be carried in a closed case or container, and must beÂ unloaded when not engaged in authorized hunting, target practice, or other activity which permits the use of weapons.Â When engaged in an activity that permits carrying a loaded firearm, the firearm will be carried openly or in a holster or case as appropriate for the type of firearm.
Such activities that permit carrying a loaded firearm are:
- Target shooting.
- Performing duties as a member of and related to theÂ Cattlemen’s Association.
- Other authorized sporting events in which the weapon is used inÂ connection with competition or as part of a legitimate display.
But what if a person has a Concealed Handgun License from the State of Texas?
Military personnel, government employees, and civilians authorized and licensed by the State of Texas to carry a concealed handgun according to the Texas Concealed Handgun Law cannot carry a concealed handgun anywhere within the boundaries of Fort Hood.
So Hasam was not authorized to tote a firearm around on base. The regulation is confusing to those not accustomed to reading legalese, and it confused me at first too a bit, but once you read the whole thing, it’s easy to see the regulation does not allow carrying of a firearm on one’s person by anyone who is not authorized to do so as part of their duties.