CARY, N.C. (WNCN) – The North Carolina National Guard recruiting office in Cary Towne Center now has armed military police officers to protect the office.
Gov. Pat McCrory ordered stepped-up security at recruiting centers, armories and readiness centers July 19.
Governors in Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma made certain orders this week, too.
McCrory said the state will be vigilant in protecting those people who protect the state’s citizens.
McCrory’s order is a move some applaud.
“MP’s are very well trained. They are professional policemen in a sense,” said Army veteran Bob Elkins.
But others, like Air Force veteran Buddy West said the offices are battlefields.
“In an effort to defend themselves, they might injure an innocent bystander,” West said. “I believe they should be able to defend themselves but they have to be careful in a public place.”
Officials said the armed MPs will remain at Nation Guard centers across the state for the foreseeable future.
Across the country, gun-toting Americans are showing up at U.S. military recruiting centers, saying they plan to protect recruiters following last week’s killing of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The citizens said they’re supporting the recruiters, who by military directive are not armed. Only law enforcement or military police can have weapons on federal property, which includes recruiting centers.
“We’re here to serve and protect,” Clint Janney said Tuesday, wearing a Taurus 9mm handgun as he stood in a parking lot across from a recruiting center in Columbus. “What the government won’t do, we will do.”
Similar posts have been set up outside recruitment centers in several other cities, including Madison, Wisconsin; Hiram, Georgia; Phoenix; and several sites in Tennessee, including Murfreesboro.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.