On Thursday this author sat down with Representative Frank Edelblut (R – Hillsborough) to discuss new legislation that will allow the New Hampshire Guard to protect themselves. Edelblut is also a candidate in the upcoming governor’s race.
The idea for this legislation came about after the terrorist attack on the recruiting center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Many Americans were horrified to discover that their own armed services were forced to work in ‘gun free zones.’ Some actually went to facilities and stood guard for the Guard in order to protect them.
Edelblut and other representatives reached out to Governor Hassan at the time to do what many governors across the country did and allow the New Hampshire Guard to legally carry while at these facilities. Of course, Hassan refused. This is ironic given that she has a personal armed guard while she is at work.
Edelblut decided to act and spoke with New Hampshire’s General Reddell and others to come up with legislation that would stop any New Hampshire Guard facilities from being gun free zones. From the bill (HB 1288):
This bill prohibits the New Hampshire National Guard from adopting a force protection policy that declares any facility owned or maintained by the guard to be a gun-free zone. The bill also permits members of the guard to carry concealed weapons at National Guard facilities.
One of the biggest reasons is because the military are an extremely high-value target for terrorists. ISIS and other Islamic extremists have indeed put a target on all United States military. Continuing to allow our armed service members to be sitting ducks thanks to a bad idea of some previous government bureaucrat just doesn’t cut it.
Representatives Al Baldasaro and Dan Tamburello, both Veterans of the Marine Corps, are co-sponsoring the bill. Tamburello said of the bill:
This Bill would simply enable National Guard members who have Concealed carry permits to exercise their right to carry at their own discretion, whether in Uniform or not. Under current rules, it is either too ambiguous or otherwise prohibited for them to carry in uniform.
We feel it is incredibly ironic that individuals who fight for our freedoms can carry at home as civilians, and yet when they wear a uniform, are required to be disarmed when they are broadcasting themselves as targets to bad people. This legislation would correct that.
Baldasaro also weighed in on the bill:
The Governor denied the National Guard to carry concealed, she said they were not trained. Well I disagree because per their mission statement they are supposed to be ready in case of disaster, riots and assist the State Troopers.
Edelblut also speaks about training in the interview and says that is another area being discussed as well. The legislation will first be heard in committee when the session resumes then off to the house for a vote. This isn’t just an issue of safety, it’s also a 2nd Amendment issue. Armed service members who choose to protect themselves by practicing their fundamental right to self defense shouldn’t be denied that right.