Guardsmen with valid permits can now carry guns at facilities

NASHVILLE -- Tennessee Adjt. Gen. Max Haston announced today that Tennessee Army and Air National Guard members with valid state-issued gun carry permits will be allowed to carry weapons at state armories and facilities.

The step comes more than two weeks after 24-year-old Mohommad Abdulazeez killed five U.S. servicemen in Chattanooga. Gov. Bill Haslam later directed Haston to come up with a plan in response to demands from many that National Guard members needed to be able to protect themselves from similar attacks.

"We have been very deliberate in making the decision to arm our Tennessee National Guard," Haston in a news release. "This is not a step that we take lightly, but it is apparent that military personnel have been targeted and the protection of our Soldiers and Airmen is of utmost importance."