Ohio Gov. authorizes firearms at recruitment centers

Civilians guarding recruiters (VIDEO)

FOX19 - The Ohio National Guard is updating policies and training requirements for personnel at recruitment offices after the Chattanooga, Tennessee shootings.

Ohio National Guard recruitment officers have been granted authorization to carry a firearm, announced the Ohio Adjutant General's Department.

"The governor has made it very clear that we must take action to protect our members who are actively engaged in public recruitment efforts," said Maj. Gen. Bartman. "We are updating our policies and strengthening small firearm training so that those men and women staffing our recruitment offices may protect themselves in the event of a threat."

Four of the Ohio Army National Guard storefront locations are temporarily being moved to state armories: Painesville, Findlay, Columbus and Dayton.

Maj. Nicole Ashcroft, the director of public affairs for the Ohio Army National Guard, confirmed the move and says that there are no threats, but the move is a safety precaution.

Local veterans are fighting to protect the safety of recruiters inside Middletown's Armed Forces Career Center. Last week's shooting on military soil is what these vets say called them into action.

"We had people protecting us when we were younger and now it's our turn," said one of the veterans at the career center.

These veterans told FOX19 NOW that they will stay at the center until the law changes to allow recruits to carry firearms or if local law enforcement begin to heavily patrol the career center.

With Kasich's new call-to-action for firearms it is unknown if the veterans will be back at the career center Thursday.

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