Petition to honor servicemen who fired personal weapons at Chattanooga gunman hits 20,000 signatures

A petition to honor the servicemen who used their personal weapons to return fire at the Chattanooga gunman passed 20,000 signatures on its way to the 100,000 names needed to generate a presidential response.

The petition's author wrote that those who returned fire saved lives during July's brazen assault on two Chattanooga military installations, and requested that they be invited as the president's special guests at the next State of the Union.

However, by carrying and using their personal firearms, those same servicemen may have violated Department of Defense regulations that prohibit most service members from being armed on U.S. soil, including most personnel at reserve and recruiting centers like the ones targeted by Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez in Chattanooga.