Fort Stewart opens gun sales on post but with limits troops E-6 and below
I'm posting this from the Fort Stewart Facebook site.
A note from Brig. Gen. Phillips on coming firearms sales at the Fort Stewart Main PX
.by 3rd Infantry Division on Friday, September 10, 2010 at 3:54pm.This Monday the Fort Stewart main PX will open its firearms sales counter.
About 22 AAFES main stores sell guns; they are located mainly in the west and central US. On the east coast, Ft. Belvoir and Ft. Drum sell guns. Ours will be the first PX to sell guns in the Florida-Georgia area. AAFES has been quite successful in gun sales, with the controls and procedures that hinder problems from developing.
This opening has been in the planning for nearly a year. It will offer AAFES customers the advantage of buying quality firearms (rifles, shotguns and handguns), ammunition and accessories at competitive prices. I have personally interviewed the department head and am assured he is responsible and knowledgeable.
Our community will see benefits: buyers will undergo all the background checks required by law. Further, they will have their gun purchase registered on post in accordance with regulation. Also, a percentage of the sale price will go, as is the case with all AAFES sales, to our Morale, Welfare and Recreation budget, which greatly benefits our Army Families.
Some have spoken to me, opposing gun sales on post. We - I - respect their concern. Also, some may be concerned that we would sell firearms (to qualified customers) with the recent Winn hostage incident.
The very Constitution we defend grants the right of gun ownership to our citizens. And we go to great lengths here to provide excellent hunting and shooting opportunities and facilities.
The fact is, those who live and work here, should they want to exercise their right of ownership, will buy a gun someplace. I'd rather it be bought here, where we can register it on post and offer top quality at a great price, while recouping some of the profit for the use of our Soldiers and Families.
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Phillips
Senior Commander, Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield
Deputy Commanding General-Rear, 3rd Infantry Division
here are some comments also
Jeffrey Phillips Danni, because Fort Stewart is a federal post, you will need only to register the gun here; for retirees and SFCs and above, and their Families, the registration form can be filled out and stamped right at the gun counter, after the telepho...nic background check. For SSGs and below, the registration form must be approved by the company commander, which -- assuming there is not issue -- will be only a minor inconvenience.
John, I revised the statement to clarify: yes we will sell handguns. I reviewed the inital stockage list, and we have a wide variety of firearms, all quality, ranging from very economical to more expensive. Further, you can special order an item if we don't stock it. We will adjust our stockage as we learn what our customers want.See More
3 hours ago · LikeUnlike · .Sylvia Gallegos Campos After this weeks incident, should they really open that?
3 hours ago · LikeUnlike · 1 personLoading... · .Jeffrey Phillips Sylvia, I gave that a lot of thought, and grasp the concern. I was outside Winn during the hostage situation and understand how grave it was. Yet, this activity at our PX, carefully planned for nearly a year, will be well and safely managed within the law and within policy. The AAFES track record with its other stores shows how responsibly they manage the sales. To forbid sales here is to limit the freedom of law-abiding people to enjoy what is their right.
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its a start, now we need to allow mil personal to ccw on base,they protect us everyday ,now they should be able to protect themselves and their familys too
Has always seemed strange to me that they can take an 18 yr old half way around the world and put very sophisticated weaponry in his hands but here he cannot be trusted with even a civilian rifle/pistol. He can kill or be killed in battle but back home he can only be killed because he is unable to return fire.
The ironies of serving in the military. On-board the Ohio class ballistic missile submarine I served aboard I was armed as a supervisor when I was on duty in port for a continuous 24 hour period. I literally slept next to the missile tubes while armed. Coming to the boat though I was sometimes prohibited from even carrying a pocket knife or even a bic lighter. 10 minutes later it was back to armed and carrying keys for the small arms locker.
Originally Posted by -06
My son went from college to Korea in short order at 19 yrs old. Here he could not buy a firearm or carry but there he did. Now he is back and prohibited from being able to defend himself while on base. He is now taking a Pathfinder course but still unable to carry on base. He only has four more yrs till retirement and returning to "civil" life.
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