Armed civilians guarding military recruiters

Several armed civilian volunteers stood guard with their own guns outside armed forces recruiting offices in Murfreesboro, according to the Daily News Journal.

“We are out here to protect these wonderful men and women in these offices who are not allowed to protect themselves,” Matt Woodard said as he clutched his M-4 civilian rifle, and referring to a ban on military personnel going armed on military installations, which include recruiting offices on Old Fort Parkway in Murfreesboro.

Murfreesboro police spokeswoman Amy Norville said “we have not, to my knowledge, been asked to approve or ban (the armed civilians’) presence.

“That is private property and as long as the shopkeepers or customers of that building do not have a problem with them they are OK to be there and we have not received any calls to dispatch regarding them,” Norville said in an email to The Daily News Journal. “As long as they are not threatening anyone they are within their rights to be there.”

Woodard joined hundreds of similar demonstrations across the United States after the mass shootings in Chattanooga on Thursday that left five servicemen dead.

…Several people stopped by the recruiting center to thank the volunteers, and Woodard said they have been in contact with Murfreesboro Police.

Woodard added that he hopes Haslam looks into changing security policies that would allow servicemen to arm themselves at recruiting centers.

“If there is an ounce of common sense in this nation, there should be change,” Woodard said.