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Well, I never thought I'd say this but I am truly considering joining the Navy Nurse Corps......... I haven't checked into the Air Force yet but intend to. I currently live in the state of North Carolina and was wondering how the traveling will affect my concealed carry. Does one have to apply for a concealed carry permit in every state in which they reside if they are military? If you are stationed in one state yet maintain a home in say... North Carolina, can you use your North Carolina CCP as long as the state where one is stationed recognizes the NC permit? Any Navy, Airforce or Army nurses on this board by any chance?
 

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Here are the states that recognize NC's ccp. http://www.handgunlaw.us/states/northcarolina.pdf You should be able to use your current permit if the states recognize it.

I hope you get accepted in any of the armed forces nurse corps. It is a noble profession and a great opportunity to serve our country. Military bases are very restrictive of personal firearms.
 

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Here are the states that recognize NC's ccp. http://www.handgunlaw.us/states/northcarolina.pdf You should be able to use your current permit if the states recognize it.

I hope you get accepted in any of the armed forces nurse corps. It is a noble profession and a great opportunity to serve our country. Military bases are very restrictive of personal firearms.
So restrictive that I would more than likely chose to live off base??
 

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Yep. No personally owned firearms may be carried, stored, etc. on base. You must tell the gate guards, and they will escort you to the armory, where you can turn it in. To draw it from the armory, you'll have to get a signed letter from your commanding officer. That's how it's "supposed" to work. If I'm not mistaken, it's a federal crime to carry onto a military installation rather than a simple misdemeanor like accidentally carrying into a prohibited zone like a church or place with signage, so it's a big deal. I hate that I can't carry at all to and from work just because of where work is.
 

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Well shoot, I'm getting some conflicting information. Everyone seems to be in agreement that you cannot carry concealed on base. However, I am also hearing that you are allowed to have personal firearms in your home as long as you register them on base (I can't remember who they said you have to register them with).
 

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You must check with the installation commander.
 

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My first gun was bought when my dad was in the military when I was 15 years old and we lived on base. We were able to keep our gun in base housing but we had to register it with the base (I believe the base provost was who we registered it with). However, each base may be different depending on policy the Commander sets. So it is important to check with any base regarding their policy.

It is also worth noting that many bases have pistol clubs or skeet and trap ranges and allow people to bring guns on base for use at those clubs. At the AFB where I go to shoot the only requirement is that I have to let the gate guard know that I have a shotgun with me and that I'm going to the skeet range. The gun also has to be locked in a case and unloaded.

And yes definitely do not carry concealed on base.
 

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Well good luck with your decision, Navy medical personnel will always be special to me, because our docs take care of us when us grunts do stupid stuff and hurt ourselves. And they do one heckuva job getting what needs to be done done.

I know on my base, if you live in the barracks, weapons must be kept in the armory, if you live in base housing (for married people and the like), you can keep it in your housing. As far as the actual permit, I still maintain my permanent address in Ohio, so that is how i handle it, not like I can ever carry in Hawaii anyways.
 

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Yep. No personally owned firearms may be carried, stored, etc. on base. You must tell the gate guards, and they will escort you to the armory, where you can turn it in. To draw it from the armory, you'll have to get a signed letter from your commanding officer. That's how it's "supposed" to work. If I'm not mistaken, it's a federal crime to carry onto a military installation rather than a simple misdemeanor like accidentally carrying into a prohibited zone like a church or place with signage, so it's a big deal. I hate that I can't carry at all to and from work just because of where work is.
On most Air Force Bases I've been at, you CAN store your firearm in base housing (I always did), and storing it at the armory is optional. However, if you live in the dorms, then you must store them in the armory. Also, if you're TDY to the base, then you also must store it in the armory.
 

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Thanks for all of your help! I'm not real keen on being unarmed all the time. I guess open carry is a big fat no as well? LOL. I have a family so I wouldn't be living in the dorms.
 

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If your NC permit is recognized by the state your stationed in yu will be good to carry there. Just remember, you will be governed by their state laws while there.

As far as on base goes, it will depend on which branch of the military you go into, as what the regulations allow.

Carrying on base is not allowed to the best of my knowledge, regardless of which branch.

Anyone living in BAQ/BOQ (Bachelor Airman/Officer Quarters) are prohibited from keeping a weapon in their quarters. It must be kept in the armory and checked out and in when you want to take it off base or to the base range if allowed there.

Anyone living in Family Housing Area (FHA) are allowed to keep weapons there.

Those were the requirement when I was in. I retired from the AF in 1994. Regulations and rules may, and probably have changed since then. You could contact the Provost Marshal at Pope AFB for clarification on current policy.
 

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Navy twenty years. Each base had local rules. Off base - subject to local and state rules. Foreign country - subject to Status of Forces Agreement or diplomatic arrangements with host country. I only lived on base one time after we married and was able to have my shotgun/buckshot setup at the house in Hawaii.

In Vietnam the nurses on medivac C-141s did not carry, but I don't recall about expeditionary hospitals. The battalion doctor, dentist, and corpsmen did carry in country. Battalions didn't have nurses.

I have a high opinion of military nurses. They were very well respected when I was in the Navy. They seemed to have sufficient time to do a good job and really did a good job.
 

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In general: NO CARRY ON ANY MILITARY BASE. It used to be more relaxed, ie: some bases would let you check it at the front gate, etc, but in the post 9/11 world, it's pretty much gone now.

As far as joining the military nurse corps, I would also check into the USAF, as I think they have a nurse shortage. In fact there may be a shortage in all services right now. The USAF has, hands down, the best facilities, bases, equipment, and you tend to get treated better.
 

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I was in the Navy for twenty years and lived in government quarters on base at Army and Air Force installations in the US and overseas. After retiring I worked for five years in the housing office/dormitory management office. I never lived on a stateside Navy installation.

1. At every base I was at weapons were not allowed in the barracks/dormitory/unaccompanied quarters. Weapons could be stored at the base armory.

2. Weapons were allowed to be kept in family quarters on base. Each base had it's own regulation with regard to registering the weapons with the Security Forces (USAF) or Provost Marshal (USA).

Concealed carry on a military installation is a NO-NO regardless of state/license.

Overseas: Lots depends on the host country. Some would let you bring a weapon in and some would not.

Note: Traveling with a weapon always proposed a challenge both within the US and between the US and overseas locations. I would travel with personal weapons when I transferred. I always ensured that if I was going to have weapons with me that personnel included/listed my weapons on my orders. That sure did prevent a lot of hassle, especially in airports and in some localities in the state of NY. At that time I only had a .22 pistol and rifle.

P.S. Navy is the way to go. As the bumper sticker said - It's not just a job, it's an adventure. And I'm not the slightest bit biased.
 

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Are you currently a nurse? Or are you joining the Navy to become a nurse?
 

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Like has already been stated... it depends on the base you're stationed at whether you're allowed to bring weapons on base or not... they're off limits if living in dorms and must be stored in the armory... (which can lead to your weapons being damaged by someone looking at them or dry-firing them).

Living offbase you'll be able to keep weapons no problem. It's just like being a civilian except you wear a uniform and work at a military base. It's ok to bring them on base as long as you're on your way to the firing range... there's little reason otherwise the base allows weapons on base for.

Open carry is only done by security forces guarding the base and even then, it's only in the performance of their duties... gate guards, flightline defense, pier protection, ammo storage areas, etc...

Flight nurses in the USAF never carried whilst I was in, but the flight crews that manned the planes they flew on (C141's for me) did... I don't think it's changed since 1998 when I got out.
 

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Thank you all for the wonderful information. And for Varob who asked, I am getting my BSN and the Navy recruiter stopped in and brought us lunch last Thursday. When each branch had a table set up at Nursing Career Day I didn't even THINK about stopping by their tables. After some research however, I believe the only thing to be holding me back is our animals and my husband's job.
 

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I can answer on several questions if you are interested. First in the army there is absolutely no carry on post. The Commander sets the rules but in general you will be checking weapons at the armory if you bring them on post and in most instances you can keep them in family housing.

Second - Started in the ARMY as a medic. Went to Special Forces with the 160th as a medic. After leaving the 160th I completed my nursing degree and then a Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration. I am now out of the active duty army and in the National Guard as Army Nurse Corps. I had the opportunity with the 160th to work with customers from every branch of the military. Depending on what you are looking for and your personality there is a fit for everyone in the military. I won't go into too much detail here as feathers will get ruffled if I tell you the good and the bad of the other services. PM me is you are interested in more information - GO ARMY!!!
 

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EW3 in post 13 pretty well nailed it with USAF having really good quarters, food, duty stations, etc. Sure worth a look into.
The policy on guns has done quite a change from my days. I've opened my trunk dozens of times with rifles, shotguns and pistols in the trunk and always cased, but with ammo nearby and in the open more often than not. I never had any hassle, ever.
 

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There’s a lot to consider here. If you were single I’d say yes go do it but W/ a family and animals I’d really stop and think twice.

Given the war you’re almost certain to be deployed so there’s the possibility of separation from your husband for over a year. You may also be stationed at a hardship duty post and, again, be separated from your spouse.

You may also be sent to a place where you aren’t permitted to take your animals or a place where your animals may be placed under quarantine for a period of time. The laws may change while you’re overseas and your animals may not be allowed back into the country W/ you.

WRT to firearms the post policy is completely up to the CG I’ve been stationed on posts where no enlisted personnel where allowed to own personal weapons regardless of their off post quarters status. It’s really not that big a jump from no enlisted to no one period. In Alaska all service members are prohibited from carrying concealed weapons whether or not they are permit holders by order of the CG.

Or they may choose to have all personal weapons stored in the unit arms room. If that happens you won’t even have access to your firearms unless you coordinate W/ the unit armorer beforehand (IOW you can forget about weekend range trips).

There are advantages, your education is paid for, and you have free medical, dental and vision. You can retire in your mid 40’s and still be employable. In fact when I got out I was offered a position working for the Army as a civilian as my own replacement.

What ever you do think long and hard because you’ll be committed for a while if you say yes.
 
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