MADISON, Wis. — Republican Gov. Scott Walker issued an executive order Tuesday authorizing Wisconsin National Guard personnel to carry firearms while on duty in the wake of an attack on a pair of military facilities in Chattanooga.
The governor said in a news release that he also was directing Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, who oversees the Wisconsin National Guard, to review the long-term security plans for all of its facilities.
"Safety must be our top priority, especially in light of the horrific attack in Chattanooga," Walker said in the release.
Dunbar immediately ordered the posting of armed guardsmen at the guard's four storefront recruiting stations in Eau Claire, La Crosse, Madison and Milwaukee, said Maj. Paul Rickert, the guard's spokesman. Visitors to those locations should be prepared to have their bags searched, Rickert said. The guard began a security review Monday evening after learning the order was about to come down, he added.