State Senator Larry Obhof (R-Medina) applauded the decision announced today to allow members of the Ohio National Guard to carry firearms in the performance of their duties, including at recruiting offices.  The new policy is a response to security concerns in the wake of the deadly shooting at a marine recruiting center in Chattanooga this July.

"I am happy that the Adjutant General is taking the right steps to keep our troops safe while they serve our state," said Obhof. “I worked with leadership from the Guard and encouraged them to take action, and am pleased that their thoughtful process has resulted in a very sensible solution.”

The new policy will allow members of the Guard to carry either a federally owned firearm or their civilian firearms at Ohio National Guard facilities.

In addition to the new policy, several storefront recruiting offices that had been temporarily closed since July will be reopened. 

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