Concealed Carry Licenses Not Valid on Selfridge

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  • By Angela Pope
  • 127th Wing Public Affairs
Michigan is a gun-friendly state. Statewide, there are 426,000 active Concealed Pistol Licenses, according to a Michigan State Police report released January 7. In Macomb County alone, there are 38,000 active CPLs. And those who prefer to open carry don't even need a license to do so. While open and concealed carry are both legal outside the gate, they are not authorized on Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

"Concealed carry licenses issued at the state level are not honored here at Selfridge," said Master Sgt. Charles Cain, NCO-in-charge of Security Forces Operations for the 127th Security Forces Squadron. "The installation commander has the authority to approve or disapprove the validity of these licenses on base. The decision to disapprove CPLs was made because Selfridge is a 'federal enclave,' and federal law prohibits the possession of privately owned firearms or other dangerous weapons on the installation."

There are several types of weapons prohibited on base. Banned weapons include bows and arrows, hunting knives, knives with a blade longer than three inches, switch and spring blade knives, stiletto knives, bolos, bayonets, trench knives, machetes, straight razors, throwing stars, nunchakus, sand clubs and metal knuckles.

"It is also unlawful to use, carry or have in your vehicle air pistols and rifles or any other firearm, weapon or instrument from which a projectile or missile is ejected by a propellant or propulsion device. This includes seemingly harmless projectiles such as BBs and pellets," Cain said. "These types of weapons are authorized on base, however, if the individual is engaged in or traveling to or from a sanctioned sporting event authorized by the installation commander that requires the use of the weapon."

The only other individuals authorized to carry weapons on base, concealed or open, are law enforcement officers performing official duties, and those who have just purchased a weapon from the Exchange. Once a weapon has been purchased at the Exchange, that individual must take the most direct route off the installation, without stopping at any other installation facility.

If someone who doesn't fit any of these categories approaches the gate with a weapon in their vehicle, they need to turn around and either take the weapon back home or store it at another trusted location off base.

"Selfridge's firearm storage facilities will not be used to store privately owned weapons," Cain said.

Weapon storage is prohibited at all other facilities on base too, including exterior storage sheds, campers, trailers and privately owned vehicles.

For more information, call the 127th SFS Law Enforcement Desk at 586-239-4673.

Comprised of approximately 1,700 personnel and flying both the A-10 Thunderbolt II and the KC-135 Stratotanker, the 127th Wing supports Air Mobility Command, Air Combat Command and Air Force Special Operation Command by providing highly-skilled Airmen to missions domestically and overseas. The 127th Wing is the host unit at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, which marks its 97th year of continuous military air operations in 2014.