RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill Tuesday aimed at ensuring that National Guard members can protect themselves in the event of an on-duty attack.
McCrory signed HB 371 just after 11 a.m. at the North Carolina National Guard Joint Forces Headquarters in Raleigh. The bill allows National Guard members to carry concealed handguns and also allows victims of terrorist attacks to take out civil lawsuits against those who perpetrated the crime.
“We must fulfill our obligation to protect those who protect us,” Gov. McCrory said. “This law will give the National Guard the tools they need to keep themselves, and the public, safe.”
The bill comes in the wake of the deadly attacks on two military recruit and reserve centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee that killed four Marines and one U.S. Navy sailor on July 16.