Following several high profile terror attacks on United States military installations in recent years, the Air Force has issued a branch wide reminder that base commanders can authorize concealed carry and open carry on base.
According to the Military.com report on the matter:
The Air Force on Wednesday said its review of “active-shooter incidents across the country” found that many ended without police intervention because someone present with a weapon stopped the shooter.
Three programs authorize commanders at all levels — as long as they have authorization from the base commander — to allow conceal-carry or open-carry on the installation.
“None of these programs gives the installation commander authorizations they didn’t already have the authorization to do,” Maj. Keith Quick, the Air Force Security Forces Integrated Defense action officer, said. “We are now formalizing it and telling them how they can use these types of programs more effectively.”
In addition to those authorizations, base commanders can also allow numerous civilians to carry on base under the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act, which allows current and retired police officers (which includes some federal security personnel) to carry a firearm when off-duty.