Military Base Purchase

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    Military Base Purchase

    Brother in law calls me this evening all excited about his new purchase, a S&W Bodyguard .380. His wife claimed the Ruger .380 during the divorce.

    He's in the Air Force National Guard and his drill/duty station is NAS Ft. Worth. Apparently at some base PX they sell firearms. This means no sales tax on the purchase... ka-ching!

    He also applied for and received an AAFES credit card which got him another 10% off... winner, winner chicken dinner!


    The ridiculous part of the story is that after the purchase, the salesman at the PX had to call base security and let them know that he was travelling off base with a firearm.

    Me: "Do they search your truck on the way out?"

    BIL: "No."

    Me: "What's the point?"

    BIL: "Dunno, it's the government."

    Me: "How would they know you have left the base?"

    BIL: "Dunno."

    Me: "So you can purchase a firearm on base, but you can't bring one on to the base?"

    BIL: "Yep."

    Me: "That is retarded."

    BIL: "Yep."


    And we wonder why it took 10+ years to find OBL.....
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    I have purchased firearms at several post exchanges and no one notified the MP's. The clerk did recommend that I place the weapon and receipt in the trunk of my car and take the most direct route to leave the base....The guns are priced at comparable LGS prices and the only savings I realized was on the 9% Az. sales tax.
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    That's so if you're stopped for a random vehicle check they know you bought it there.
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    Here at Seymour Johnson no one is called but you are required to immediately leave the base after purchase.
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    I never bought one on base but, 30 years ago living in base housing I was allowed to keep mine at my house. I had to "register" each one with the base police and was supposed to call them anytime I was transporting one or more either to the on-base range or off and on base. And that was in Maryland!
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    Have bought several firearms in BXs and MPs/SPs were never called. I was escorted out of the store though and given the firearm outside...

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    I posted this up to illustrate the irony/stupidity of our armed services.

    We trust these volunteers to defend our country but we don't trust them with weapons in their on base housing that we don't know about, we don't trust them with newly purchased weapons in their vehicles, etc... And by "we" I mean the government.

    Truly a dichotomy in that the institutions that directly defend our right to be free are the most repressive when it comes to 2A.

    This bothers me.

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    Here on Fort Bragg, NC you have to get a note from your commander, register it with the provost marshal, and wait 3 days to pick it up. Yes there is no taxes buying on post, but they sell everything at retail prices. I can find anything I want off post cheaper with the included tax without the headache. Not to mention normally with the LE / MIL discounts, I can get it way cheaper at a LE dealer.
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    Just a side note, since it was at a navy base, it isn't a BX, it's NEX (Navy Exchange Service).

    As to the reasoning behind notification of security forces, as OldVet said, if you get stopped and searched for some reason, they know you are legally transporting the gun. Also I believe you are required to go directly from the Exchange to off base with it. No stops at the gas station/commissary/clubs with it in your vehicle.

    I wish Ft Lee sold guns, closest base around the Richmond area that I know of is Norfolk Naval Base.
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    The local business owners in my area came up in arms when they learned that the local CGX was selling products cheaper than them and sued under the fair trade laws and forced the CGX to raise their prices to average local retail. These businesses are only to happy to use the term Veterans Day Sale though. We only save sales tax on any product sold in the CGX. I refuse to do business with any local business in Jupiter Florida because of their actions.....

    CGX= Coast Guard Exchange.
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    I guess we've either got higher cost at our Local Gun Stores or a better Post Exchange here in Georgia. I not only saved the 7% sales tax, the price for my Springfield XDs was 7% - 8% better than LGS . 15% off saved me about $75. They did escort me to the door of the PX and tell me to leave post immediately by most direct route. I went back on post later on and registered the new purchase. It looks like each post has it's own rules.
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    To the OP...
    We lived on a military base where you could buy guns at great prices, and then take them back to your housing unit.
    This was not a small base...6,000 people and Alaska's fifth largest city, at the time.

    I guess it depends upon how isolated the base is...and how far back in time one travels.
    We lived in Alaska's Aleutian Islands for 7 years ('83-'90)...Adak, Alaska, a Naval Air Station.
    We were 1,200 miles out into the Aleutians...a three-hour jet flight from Anchorage.
    I was allowed to have my guns on the base with me, I went hunting any time I wanted, and the civilians on the island built a shooting range with no restrictions for military personnel to participate. In fact, no one ever questioned anything about guns at all.

    Ahhh, how time changes things.
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    I know the drill, Stove the elder did 27 years and as a yute I lived on plenty of military bases around the world.

    Didn't completely understand it then when Dad had to register his guns at every base and still don't.

    "Thanks for your purchase here at the exchange, now get your ass off base pronto" just doesn't set well with me.

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    I don't mean to hijack the thread but can citizens aka those of us who have never served in the military purchase a firearm at one of these military exchanges/commissaries (whatever they are called).

    And does anyone know if SAC Air Base near Omaha has firearms for sale in their store?
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    No!

    One has to have military ID to get into an Exchange/PX, or whatever they are called now.
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