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Don’t be gun shy: Register your firearms!

Posted 5/6/2009   Updated 5/6/2009 Email story   Print story

    


by Senior Airman Torri Larson
21st Space Wing Public Affairs


5/6/2009 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo -- There are many things to do when arriving at a new duty station: find a house, enroll the kids in school and register the car, among others. One duty many Airmen may overlook when residing in on-base housing is to register their privately-owned firearms. 

According to Air Force Instruction 31-10, Air Force Installation Security Program, the Air Force isn't trying to overly restrict the possession of privately-owned firearms but recognize that some extra weapons-safety controls are necessary. 

"Firearms are not allowed in the dormitories," said Staff Sgt. Vanassa Martinez, 21st Security Forces Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of the armory. "However, we can store privately-owned firearms at the armory for members living in the dorms." Ammunition may also be stored at the armory. 

However, even if a weapon is stored by security forces, it must still be registered. The process for registering a weapon on base is the same for dorm residents and Airmen living in base housing. 

"You'll have to fill out an Air Force-Form 1314: "Firearms Registration," which customers may pick up at the armory or find on e-publishing," Sergeant Martinez said. "You'll also need a DD-Form 2760: Qualification to Posses Firearms or Ammunition, and your commander's signature on the form is a must." 

Sergeant Martinez said each firearm must be registered and the AF-Form 1314 has enough space to list five firearms. If more space is needed, an additional AF-Form 1314 must be completed. 

Although there is not a specific timeframe in which firearms must be registered upon arrival to Peterson, there will be consequences for having unregistered firearms in base housing. 

"Depending on the circumstances, disciplinary action for violating AFI 31-101 could range from a letter of counseling to a court martial," said Capt. Brant Whipple, 21st Space Wing Judge Advocate. 

Sergeant Martinez explained transportation of firearms is only authorized if a person is transporting it from off-base to their base housing or to the armory. The firearm must be in a case and out of reach of the driver. Ammunition must be separate from the firearm.
Security Forces armorers are currently working on a data system which will list registered weapons in base housing. The list will be accessible from the law enforcement desk and provide more detailed situational awareness for patrolmen. 

"If patrolmen are responding to a domestic dispute, it's important for them to know whether or not firearms are accessible in the home," Sergeant Martinez said. "If they're aware of the potential for escalated violence, they will have a better understanding of how to approach the situation."



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