Lieutenant General G. W. Smith, deputy commandant for plans, policies and operations for the Marines, has now made it possible for some Marines to carry guns on US military bases. It is a movement towards Trump’s campaign promise: “[I will] get rid of gun-free zones on schools and on military bases.” Smith’s memorandum, signed on December 31, reads:
This MARADMIN [Marine Administrative Message] authorizes qualified active Marine Corps Law Enforcement (LE) professionals who possess valid Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA) … credentials to carry concealed privately owned firearms (POF) aboard Marine Corps property in the United States and U.S. territories for personal protection not in the performance of official duties.
Smith admitted that it took those two attacks in December to get him to act:
In December 2019, the Department of the Navy (DON) suffered two fatal active shooter incidents aboard Naval Base Hawaii and Naval Air Station Pensacola. These tragic events prompted Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC) to accelerate existing efforts to develop concealed carry policies.