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Privately owned firearms: Know applicable regulations, restrictions, prohibitions

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Email   Print   Share By Sgt. 1st Class Orinthial Floyd, Asst. IG, III Corps
August 30, 2012 | News
This week’s column provides information about privately owned firearms to III Corps and Fort Hood Soldiers (of all ranks), dependents and civilians that enter Fort Hood on a daily basis. The Fort Hood senior commander has the authority and responsibility to regulate privately owned weapons on this installation.One of his main concerns is the safety of service members, civilians, and Families who live and work on Fort Hood.

The Rapid Revision to Army Regulation 190-11, Physical Security of Arms, Ammunition, and Explosives, explains registration and use of privately owned firearms on Army installations.

The Fort Hood senior

commander’s policy for privately owned firearms is Command Policy CG-02, Registration Requirement for POF. It’s based on AR 190-11 and Fort Hood Regulation 190-11 (FH Reg 190-11).

The policy and regulation requires all service members and their dependents living, residing or temporarily staying on Fort Hood to register privately owned firearms with the Directorate of Emergency Services; notify DES of any sale, purchase, trade, gift, exchange or any other action that changes the ownership of a POF kept on post (including authorized war trophies).

This applies to personnel who bring a weapon onto the installation for authorized activities such as hunting, dog training or marksmanship events. Soldiers living in the barracks or in temporary housing will notify their immediate commander of the possession of privately owned firearms, and keep them in their respective unit arms rooms. Commanders and custodians of privately owned firearms will safeguard them by providing written instructions on individual responsibility ensuring storage facilities are checked, inventoried and inspected as required by both regulations. Report all losses, actual, suspected or recovered within two hours of initial detection to the proper law enforcement agencies (in accordance with AR 190–45).

The carrying of privately owned firearms on Fort Hood is prohibited unless authorized by the installation’s senior commander.

Anyone transporting a registered privately owned firearms onto Fort Hood must enter through an installation access control point, declare their privately owned firearms, purpose, have post registration documents and be subject to inspection.

Privately owned firearms will be transported in vehicles only while traveling in a direct route to and from hunting areas, dog training areas, target ranges or other locations authorized by the installation senior commander. No stops are

authorized, and carrying of a loaded firearm in a vehicle is prohibited.

The privately owned firearms will be secured in the trunk, and vehicles without a trunk will use an encased container other than the glove compartment. The privately owned firearms will be carried so it’s not readily available to the driver or passengers.

Fort Hood policy states commanders have the authority to order Soldiers living on post to store any privately owned firearms kept on post in the unit arms room, in accordance with AR 190-11 and FH Reg 190-11.

The carrying of a concealed weapon on the installation is prohibited regardless of whether a state or county permit has been obtained. Personnel who perform law enforcement duties in an off-duty status are not authorized to possess a weapon on an Army installation unless approved by the senior commander. The registration of privately owned firearms is prohibited for any person convicted of a felony,

misdemeanor crime of domestic violence (the Lautenberg Amendment to the Federal Gun Control Act), a fugitive from justice, convicted in any court of the possession, use or sale of marijuana, dangerous or narcotic drugs (the term convicted includes nonjudicial punishment under Article 15, Uniformed Code of Military Justice), presently declared as mentally incompetent or presently committed to any mental institution.

Any civilian or Family member under the age of 18 is prohibited from the use of firearms, unless accompanied and supervised by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

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