Health & Safety

October 12, 2012

Check it at the gate

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Due to several requests for information regarding on base firearms policies as well as those off base, we want to better educate our military and civilian members and their families about Local, State, and Federal firearms laws.

It is important to know and understand the installation commander’s policy on firearms. Privately owned firearms are exclusively prohibited on base except as otherwise directed by the installation commander, and concealed carry of firearms is prohibited on the installation regardless of whether or not the individual has a concealed carry permit.

“It’s a delicate process because you have on the one hand the right to bare arms with the second amendment and on the other we have a responsibility to protect people and resources on the base,” said Senior Master Sgt. Barrett Walling 99th Security Forces Squadron security forces manager and unit senior enlisted advisor.

Airmen living in the dormitories or staying in temporary lodging facilities must take privately owned weapons to the 99th SFS Armory, Building 1110. There the weapon(s) will be stored and the member will be given an Air Force Form 1314, which must be signed by their commander within 72 hours. In addition, they will need to get a copy of their DD Form 2760. This is a qualification to possess firearms or ammunition. Both of these forms will then need to be returned to the Armory.

“The base is secured,” Walling said. “We have a level of security and a mindset of security that the typical city does not have. We have a perimeter boundary that is controlled. We have armed security forces members on the perimeter making sure only authorized personnel are inside. We have responding patrols that are armed and can be anywhere within the base within a few minutes. We have many policies and procedures in place for not only deterring the enemy, but denying them access and eliminating them if they need to be. The procedures and policies are in place for the security forces members to take care of the security and safety of the patrons and the resources on the base, and anybody who may have a concern for personal protection, especially when they’re outside the walls, my advice to them would be to check it at the gate and let the experts take care of the security and protection of the base.”

Aside from firearms, there are also many other types of weapons that are not allowed in dormitories. The items excluded from the dormitories become the particular unit’s responsibility, not security forces. Therefore, each unit should have a storage area for items such as swords, knives, martial arts weapons and other non-projectile based weapons.

Creech Air Force Base does not have a courtesy storage program for privately owned weapons. Because of that all weapons should be left at home or stored in the armory at Nellis AFB. If a weapon is brought to Creech AFB, the owner will be denied entry while in possession of the firearm and can be subject to arrest or apprehension.

“It is ultimately on the person to know the rules and to follow them,” Walling said.

All Clark County residents are required to register their privately owned handgun or pistol with the County, including all military members regardless of their home of record.

A handgun registration card, commonly known as a “blue card” because of its light blue color, is issued for each registered handgun, and must stay with the gun. The handgun owner must bring their Drivers License, any state, or State Identification Card along with the handgun unloaded to the nearest police station during business hours. There is no registration fee for “open carry”.

In Nev., you may carry a loaded or unloaded firearm on your person without a permit as long as the firearm is fully exposed, known as “open carry”. An example of open carry is when a handgun is carried in an “outside the pants” hip holster. Full or partial concealment is considered concealed carry.

Please Note: The gun registration card is not a permit to carry a firearm concealed. Carrying a firearm concealed without a permit is unlawful and punishable as a felony. Without a Concealed Carry Weapon permit, a firearm may be concealed in your home or vehicle as long as it is not on your person, concealed by your person, or in a personal item carried by you i.e. purse or backpack.

For Concealed permits the sheriff shall issue or renew a permit to carry a concealed firearm for no more than two specific firearms to any person who is qualified to possess a firearm under state and federal law.

Any person who meets the following criteria may submit an application to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for a concealed firearm permit: A Nev. resident of Clark County or an out-of-state resident, who received firearms training in Clark County, 21 years of age or older, not prohibited from possessing a firearm by State or Federal law. Individuals also must successfully complete an approved firearms course in Clark County, paid for by applicant, and pay the appropriate fees ranging from $98 for a new permit, $63 for a renewal, and $15 for a duplicate or address change.

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  1. Nate

    The blue card is not required to be kept the with gun, it is just a receipt saying you registered the gun. The only reason to keep a blue card is so you don’t have to go through the 3 day waiting period if you buy another handgun.
    When you apply for a Concealed Firearm Permit you can qualify for semi auto and revolvers. Once you qualify with a revolver you can carry any revolver, once you qualify with a semi auto you can carry any semi auto. Not sure why you think you can only carry two specific firearms with a permit.
    I am sure the 13 killed and 29 injured at Fort Hood are glad no one with a concealed carry permit was allowed to carry on Post. When seconds count as you say the police are always a few minutes away.
    Not allowing servicemen/women to have access to a firearm if they stop by the base didn’t help those in uniform last year at the Reno IHOP.
    For some reason signs that say “No guns allowed” do nothing to deter criminals who have already decided to rob, assault, kill… it does however give them a safer place to commit their crimes.

  2. J L Rhodes

    This article is rife with inaccuracies and is a good example of extremely poor journalism. Some examples:

    The Clark County handgun registration card (‘blue card’) need NOT stay with the handgun.

    Nevada concealed carry permits do NOT limit the holder to two specific firearms. The law was changed YEARS ago to allow the permit holder to carry concealed ANY revolver or ANY semi-auto (providing the holder qualified with a revolver and/or a semi-auto.)

    Did SMsgt Walling really say “bare arms”? Or was that the author’s spelling?

    Also, while one cannot dispute the military’s right to highly regulate firearms on military installations, one CAN question their irrational “wisdom” for doing so. Wallings statement “the base is secured” is ridiculous. Tell that to the folks that were mass murdered at the Texas military installation. Military police are like city police in that they cannot be everywhere; 99% of the time they can only show up after the fact.

    I spent 20 years on active duty. And I can tell you that if a criminal wants to gain access to a military installation, it wouldn’t be difficult to do.

    It is time for our military to reconsider its draconian policies. Why not allow lawful CCW on base? CCW permit holders are good, responsible, adult citizens. What makes military folks less worthy?

  3. Lorenzo Lusby

    Great article, but I think there is one area that is left unanswered. I believe most people who have access to Nellis AFB have been instructed on the rules of firearms on base at some point or another. I think the most important issue hasn’t been addressed. My concern is for those people who do legally carry a concealed firearm for their personal protection off base. Let’s face it, some of the areas that surround Nellis AFB are less than favorable. I don’t think anyone is concerned about their safety once on base. It’s from their home to the gate that poses the greatest danger. I wish there were a procedure in place that would allow someone to check in their firearm on a daily basis. You could arrive for work and check it in, and when the day is over, check it out. There wouldn’t be a need to bring a firearm on base. This would still allow Nellis employees to protect themselves from their home to work and vise versa. I think this is the real issue that needs to be addressed.

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