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Mississippi Governor signs order allowing some personnel to be armed at state military facilities

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has just signed an order that will allow full-time military personnel to be armed at nine state recruiting centers.

Major General Augustus Collins, the Adjutant General of Mississippi, will carry out this order.

The governor's action follows a deadly attack on two military recruiting facilities in Tennessee last week.

“As commander in chief of the Mississippi National Guard and as governor of the state of Mississippi, I take the safety and security of our military personnel very seriously,” Gov. Phil Bryant. “These men and women put their lives on the line to protect us, and they deserve the opportunity to defend themselves 

The Executive Order also directs the Mississippi National Guard to examine existing security policies and procedures at military facilities throughout Mississippi and identify any opportunities to enhance the security of those facilities.

There are approximately 12,500 soldiers and airmen in the Mississippi National Guard.

Mississippi National Guard recruiters work in nine standalone recruiting offices and also work on college campuses and at Community Readiness Centers around the state.  The Mississippi National Guard operates two military installations, Camp McCain and Camp Shelby, and has a presence in 72 of Mississippi’s 82 counties.  

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