Haslam: Most Americans wouldn't resent serviceman for shooting at Abdulazeez

Navy says officer has not been charged for firing personal weapon in July 16 attack, despite rumors

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Tim White

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says that although it's the U.S. Navy's call whether to charge Lt. Cmdr. Tim White for using his own handgun to fire at a gunman who attacked two military sites in Chattanooga on July 16, the governor believes most Americans wouldn't "resent him for using his personal weapon."

White has not been charged for his action, according to the Navy, despite weekend rumors that charges were imminent.

Current Department of Defense regulations prohibit most service members from being armed on U.S. soil, including most personnel at reserve and recruiting centers like the ones targeted here.

"Obviously in a situation like that, ultimately it's the Navy's decision," Haslam said about White.