JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas –
To ensure the safety of the Joint Base San Antonio community, Brig. Gen. Bob LaBrutta, 502nd Air Base Wing and JBSA commander, established a policy Sept. 30, regarding the handling, possession, storage and transportation of privately-owned firearms on all JBSA installations.
The policy states that anyone arriving at any JBSA locations will immediately report to the installation entry controller if in possession of a firearm. If the individual does not reside on a JBSA installation, he or she will be directed to go immediately to the 902nd Security Forces Squadron Armory at JBSA-Randolph, 802nd Security Forces Squadron Armory at JBSA-Lackland or the Base Defense Operations Center at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston to store the firearm, regardless of the duration of the person's stay at the location.
Weapons became available for purchase at JBSA-Randolph Nov. 1 and safety is still top priority, Tonya Yancey, JBSA-Randolph Exchange store manager said. Weapons are not sold at the Exchanges at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston or JBSA-Lackland.
"To uphold the level of safety within the community, the firearm department is mandated to follow a detailed list of rules and regulations before allowing firearms and ammunition to leave the counter," she said.
Along with firearms and ammunition not being an option for purchase the same day, one of the rules states store employees must ensure gun buyers understand federal and state firearms law still apply. Another rule requires store employees to document every weapon purchased, with the name of the buyer and the date of the purchase.
After purchasing weapons, all customers are required to register their firearms with the security forces squadron by filing an Air Force form 1314 (Firearms Registration form) and a DD form 2760 (Qualification to Possess Firearms or Ammunition form). Both forms can be found at http://www.e-publishing.af.mil
"We are committed to providing the safest possible working and living environment for our people," said Master Sgt. Kerry Thompson, 902nd Security Forces Squadron NCO in charge of installation security. "These rules are not for anyone's inconvenience, but rather to ensure safety."
For more information about the privately-owned weapon policy and the Exchange weapons purchase policy, contact the 902nd SFS Armory at 652-4365, 902nd SFS BDOC at 652-5700 or the Exchange firearm counter at 652-2681 ext. 234.