Could Kansas military recruiting officers soon be armed?

TOPEKA (KSNT)-Armed volunteers stood guard outside military recruitment centers in Alabama and Georgia on Monday. Standing up for the five military members killed at a Chattanooga, Tennessee recruitment office.

“They didn’t have a chance, because they didn’t have nothing to shoot back at the guy with,” Bobby Lewis, concerned Kansan said.

So far it’s believed the gunman may have been a lone wolf, but Governor’s across the country aren’t taking any chances, “I will not permit our citizen soldiers to remain unable to defend themselves and our citizens in facilities around the state,” Indiana Governor Mike Pence said.

Pence joins other governors joins other governors from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, and Florida who have all authorized full-time National Guard members be armed. Allowing them the ability to protect themselves, and civilians if they are targeted.

The question is will these same rules take effect here in Kansas? When KSNT News reached out to Governor Brownback’s office about it, they were tight lipped about this issue, but they did tell us he is considering it.

Eileen Hawley, Brownback’s Communications Director said, “The Governor has asked the Adjutant General to review the security situation for military personnel in Kansas and provide recommendations to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect them.”

A spokesman for the Kansas National Guard says we may know later this week what the decision is.

In Washington, Kansas Senator Jerry Moran plans to introduce legislation to allow weapons at recruiting offices, “We need to take a lead, our state needs to take a lead and help protect our military people,” Floyd Gruver, Veteran said.

Hoping to prevent what happened in Tennessee, from happening in Kansas.

Recruiters aren’t armed because of a law which prevents the military from engaging in domestic law enforcement.  The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee says he’ll introduce a bill terminating those regulations.

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