Gov. Scott orders to arm, protect Fla. National Guard members

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott released an executive order Saturday that would help protect Florida Guardsmen in the wake of the Tennessee shooting, where five military members were murdered.

Scott instructed the Florida Adjunct General to take immediate action in protecting Guardsmen. The order instructed the state to relocate all Florida National Guard personnel working at storefront recruitment centers to the nearest Florida National Armory. Currently, there are six storefront recruitment centers that are not at armories. It also instructed that all qualified full-time guardsmen be properly armed. Governor Scott said the state should start discussions with local law enforcement to arrange regular security checks for Florida National Guard Armories.

Meanwhile, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam responded to Governor Scott’s order saying, “Our nation mourns the loss of the five service members killed in this tragedy. I am fully committed to supporting our military members, and we look forward to expediting their Concealed Weapon License applications, which complements the measure we’ve already taken to allow service members and veterans to obtain a CWL regardless of the age requirement imposed on civilians.”

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