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WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) will introduce legislation to eliminate “Gun-Free Zones” at American military installations and military recruitment centers. Sen. Moran’s legislation would allow active-duty members of the Armed Forces stationed on American soil – including military recruiters – to carry weapons to defend themselves if they choose to do so.

“What happened in Chattanooga can never happen again,” Sen. Moran said. “The U.S. Constitution guarantees the ‘right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,’ yet our men and women in uniform are being prevented from exercising this constitutional right when fulfilling their duties on American soil. Just because a member of our Armed Forces is not deployed to an active war zone does not mean they are safe from those who wish to do harm. Members of our military are targets for those who do not share our values – both at home and abroad. If the members of our Armed Forces at the Chattanooga military recruitment centers had been allowed to exercise their Second Amendment Rights, the outcome of the attacks could have been very different. These brave individuals must be empowered to defend themselves and others from violence and acts of domestic terrorism.”