Haley: Armed officers to likely guard military installations

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Gov. Nikki Haley says more officers will likely carry guns at National Guard facilities across South Carolina following last week’s shootings in Tennessee.

Haley said Monday she fully expects a security review of South Carolina National Guard facilities to result in the arming of some guardsmen.

Last Thursday, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fire at a military recruiting office and a Navy-Marine operations center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killing four Marines. A sailor wounded in the attack died Saturday.

Haley says she’s authorized Adjutant General Bob Livingston to review security issues at all Guard facilities, then designate armed officers based on vulnerability determinations.

Maj. Cindi King says some Guard members can already carry a gun because of their security duties. The review will determine whether that needs to be expanded.

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