DesJarlais: Bill arming military personnel needed because Pentagon directive falls short

NASHVILLE - U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., says his bill overturning a 1992 Department of Defense directive barring most service members from carrying firearms at U.S. facilities is necessary because a new directive reportedly issued by a top Pentagon official doesn't go far enough.

photo U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais

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Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, meanwhile, has filed a resolution calling for federal action to end gun-free zones at military facilities. Bell drafted the resolution in the wake of the Chattanooga attack.“We cannot in good conscience send young men and women abroad to fight our enemy only to disarm them when they serve here at home,” Bell said in a news release.