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Scott Walker Issues Executive Order Allowing National Guard Members To Carry Weapons

“Safety must be our top priority, especially in light of the horrific attack in Chattanooga."

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) issued an executive order Tuesday allowing National Guard members in his state to carry a weapon while on duty.

The executive order follows a shooting at a Naval and Marine reserve center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that left four Marines and a Navy sailor dead.

“Safety must be our top priority, especially in light of the horrific attack in Chattanooga,” Walker said in a statement. “Allowing our National Guard members to carry weapons while on duty gives them the tools they need to serve and protect our citizens, as well as themselves. I am also directing Adjutant General Donald Dunbar to evaluate longer-term plans to ensure the safety of our service members.”

According to Fox News, governors in six other states have ordered their National Guardsmen to be armed in the wake of the shooting.