Fort Bragg officials increase awareness of weapons policy
Posted December 29, 2009 3:32 p.m. EST
Updated December 29, 2009 6:28 p.m. EST
Fort Bragg, N.C. — In response to the November shooting rampage at Fort Hood that left 13 people dead, Fort Bragg officials are trying to increase awareness of its weapons registration policy
The policy applies to military personnel and civilians who enter Fort Bragg or travel on the post.
“Under the current regulation, all military or civilian personnel that bring privately owned firearms onto Fort Bragg are required to register the weapon with the provost marshal’s office,” Fort Bragg Emergency Services Director George Olavarria said in a release on Tuesday. “This applies regardless of the person’s status. Personnel who are traversing the installation without entering through an access-control point are not required to register their weapons.”
A state-issued concealed handgun permit does not allow owners to carry their concealed weapons on Fort Bragg.
“Under no circumstance will the transportation of loaded or concealed handguns, shotguns or rifles be permitted on post, except by duly authorized law enforcement personnel or by military personnel in the performance of their official duties,” Olavarria said.
Infrequent travelers are not required to register their weapons on post but are subject to being searched, according to officials.
Weapons can be registered at the All-American Expressway access-control point; in the basement of the Soldier Support Center; at Gavin Hall in the 82nd Airborne Division area; at McKellar’s Lodge Hunting and Fishing Center; and at the Fort Bragg Clay Target Center.
To register a weapon, personnel are required to bring their military identification cards or any other government-issued identification, along with the weapon’s caliber, type, model number, finish and manufacturer.
“Do not bring the firearm into the registration office,” Olavarria said.
Ammunition being transported on post must be stored separately from the cased and unloaded firearm, Olavarria said.
Military personnel who don’t comply with the rules are subject to judicial or non-judicial punishment, according to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Civilians and other government employees who don’t comply could face prosecution in federal court and possibly be barred from post, referred to civilian authorities or subject to disciplinary and administrative action.
Maj. Nidal Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the Nov. 5 attack at Fort Hood, Texas.