JACKSON, Miss. -- The Mississippi National Guard now has the authority to arm its personnel at state military facilities after last week's shooting in Tennessee that killed five service members.
Gov. Phil Bryant issued an executive order Monday authorizing the guard to arm certain full-time military personnel at facilities including National Guard recruiting centers.
Authorities say 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez fatally shot five service members at a pair of military sites in Chattanooga before he was killed by police. The first shooting took place at a military recruiting office at a strip mall. Counterterrorism investigators have not released a motive.
There are approximately 12,500 soldiers and airmen in the Mississippi National Guard. Recruiters work in nine stand-alone recruiting offices and also work on college campuses and at Community Readiness Centers around the state.