Veterans gather outside military recruitment center
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A group of veterans concerned about the safety of active duty military members has been gathering outside a Madison recruitment center.
At least one of the veterans says he's armed legally with a concealed carry permit. The veterans say they're guarding the safety of the recruiters. Veteran Dave Walters tells WKOW-TV their presence is a show of solidarity.
Troops at recruiting and reserve offices aren't allowed to have guns. Military officials say the Pentagon shouldn't rush to change the ban because arming troops in those facilities could cause more problems than it might solve.
The recent shooting at two military sites in Chattanooga, Tennessee that killed four Marines dead and a sailor prompted governors in at least a half-dozen states to authorize National Guardsmen to take up arms to protect recruiting installations.