SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
Even though it is legal to carry a weapon with a permit in the state of Colorado, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado personnel fall under a different set of rules.
Staff Sgt. Caleb Bunton, 50th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor said a common mistake at Schriever AFB is individuals entering the base with loaded firearms in their vehicle.
“Individuals will either have a concealed carry permit through the state or come back from hunting or other shooting activities, forgetting they have the loaded firearm in their vehicle,” he said.
Currently, only Schriever AFB housing residents are allowed to bring firearms on and off the installation, with the exception of individuals authorized by the wing commander for personnel such as Air Force Office of Special Investigations Agents.
Tech. Sgt. James Foster, 50th SFS Plans and Programs noncommissioned officer in charge, said housing residents need to provide an Air Force Form 1314 Firearms Registration and Department of Defense Form 2760 Possession of Firearms and Ammunition to the 50th SFS Pass and Registration office.
“When individuals come in they will get briefed on transportation procedures for firearm carry and have a background check conducted,” he said. “If you want to register your firearms as a housing resident, please come see me and my team, we will ensure you are taken care of.”
Bunton said the registration is important for the safety of 50th SFS members on base.
“If we ever have to respond to an incident, knowing firearms are in the home helps prepare our defenders to respond accordingly,” he said.
Bunton detailed the specific procedures individuals must adhere to when bringing firearms onto the installation.
“The firearm must be separated from the ammunition and placed in a hard to reach area,” he said. “For instance, in a standard sedan, the individual should place the firearm in the trunk and ammunition in a separate location. In a truck, the firearm can be on the floor in the back as long as it is separate from the ammunition.”
Individuals are required to proceed straight to their residence in housing with no stops. The firearms must be appropriately stored and locked within the residence.
“You can’t even stop at the gas station or anywhere else,” Bunton said. “You also can’t bring firearms into the restricted area.”
The key to carrying firearms on base is honesty, 50th SFS members want individuals to use integrity first when dealing with security forces members.
“If you were to just come through the gate and announce you have a firearm in your vehicle and you are headed to your house on base housing, there’s no problem at all, we will do what we need to do to verify and you will be on your way,” Bunton said. “Honesty is the best policy.”
For more information about firearm transport procedures, contact the 50th SFS Combat Arms at 567-4214.