Kasich To Allow Ohio National Guard To Carry Weapons At Recruitment Centers

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Governor John Kasich has authorized the Ohio National Guard to carry weapons at recruiting centers.

According to the Ohio National Guard, Gov. Kasich granted authorization for the Guard to take actions to protect members at these locations.

"The governor has made it very clear that we must take action to protect our members who are actively engaged in public recruitment efforts," Adjutant General of Ohio Maj. Gen. Bartman said. "We are updating our policies and strengthening small firearm training so that those men and women staffing our recruitment offices may protect themselves in the event of a threat."

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Gov. Kasich mentioned the decision on his campaign trail for the 2016 presidency.

“I want our recruiters to be able to be effective, to be able to protect themselves and the other people there,” he said.

The decision comes after five people were killed in a shooting rampage in Chattanooga at a recruitment center.

Earlier in the week, Ohio closed four National Guard recruitment offices in Paineville, Findlay, Columbus and Dayton in response to the shootings.