Guards Kicked Off Recruiting Center Grounds After Civilian Accidentally Fires Rifle

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A man standing guard outside of an armed forces recruiting center in southern Ohio has accidentally fired his weapon.

Lancaster Police tell 10TV 28-year-old Christopher Reed fired an AR-15 rifle while attempting to clear the ammunition from the weapon at the Armed Forces Career Center on River Valley Boulevard Thursday afternoon.

The bullet struck the ground and no one was injured.

Reed was cited for accidental discharge in city limits.  His gun was confiscated until a court hearing next week.

In response, U.S. Properties Group - which owns the strip mall where the recruiting center is located - requested Lancaster Police "escort all armed civilians from our property."

Speaking with 10TV earlier this week at the same recruiting center in Lancaster, armed civilian Clayton Waities sees the “gun-free” zones at the center as “slaughter-easy zones” that leave recruiters vulnerable.

"If somebody were to think about doing something here and they drive by and they see me, they're going to think twice,” he explains.

The armed citizens say they are there for protection, but unlike law enforcement and military, there's no knowing what training they've had for such a position.

"While it's neat to see and neat to see everyone being patriotic and everyone standing up to protect one another, we just want to make sure everybody's safe," Bullet Ranch General Manager Jerry Carver said.  He is hoping everyone taking this stance is also reviewing the rules on the safe way to discharge a firearm.  "Please re-read it, reread it twice, re-read three times.”

This comes as armed civilians have rallied to protect military recruiting centers in the wake of a deadly shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee last week.

Meanwhile, just one day ago, Ohio Governor and 2016 presidential candidate John Kasich authorized the Ohio National Guard to carry weapons at recruiting stations.