Wisconsin Governor Issues Executive Order To Arm State's National Guard

| by Sean Kelly

Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin issued an executive order on Tuesday authorizing members of the Wisconsin National Guard to be armed on duty.

“Safety must be our top priority, especially in light of the horrific attack in Chattanooga,” Walker said in a press release.

“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," he added. "I am also directing Adjutant General Donald Dunbar to evaluate longer-term plans to ensure the safety of our service members.” 

The order made Wisconsin the seventh state to arm Guard members following the attack in Chattanooga, Tennessee, last week on military facilities that left five servicemen dead.

Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas have all announced similar plans, according to NBC News.

The federal military has also reportedly ordered increased security at reserve centers and recruiting stations nationwide in the wake of the Chattanooga shootings. 

Sources: Office of Governor Scott Walker, NBC News

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