Rep. Gohmert: Allow Military To Carry Firearms on Base

Matt Vespa
By Matt Vespa | April 7, 2014 | 12:29 PM EDT

Last week, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said on Neil Cavuto's show that he was co-sponsoring the Military Safe Bases Act, which would allow members of the military to carry their firearms onto military installations.

"Neil, it would just allow soldiers to do, like at Fort Hood, what they could do if they stepped one inch outside of Fort Hood into civilian territory. Because there was a mass shooting in Killeen at a cafeteria years ago; Texas allowed a concealed carry permit.

"And, you know, we've talked about it with different people – military, non-military – and I like to -- we want the bill to leave it to the military's discretion whether they allow concealed carry or open carry, but let the military  – or force the military – to allow permits because you mentioned military police, more military police with my dear friend Allen West that I voted for House Speaker. And, the thing is you can't hire enough military police to do the good that our military – qualified with weapons every year – could do if they just had the right to have a weapon."

The mass shooting Rep. Gohmert referenced to occurred at Luby's in 1991 when George Hennard crashed through the front window and proceeded to open fire. In fifteen minutes, he killed 23 people before committing suicide after being wounded by a police officer.

In the aftermath, Texas Democratic Governor Ann Richards vetoed a concealed carry law, which contributed to her re-election defeat to George W. Bush in 1994. Then-Gov. Bush promptly signed it into law in 1995, making Texas a shall-issue state concerning issuing concealed handgun permits.

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