Soldier at Fort Hood Purchased Handgun Off Base, Brought It into Gun-Free Zone
Ivan Lopez, identified by authorities as the soldier who opened fire at Ft. Hood on April 2nd, purchased his handgun off base and brought it into the gun-free zone to commit his crime, according to a military officer.
During a nighttime press conference on April 2nd, Lt. General Mark Milley said the soldier used a .45 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun. If brought onto the base the gun was supposed to be "registered on the base;" however, Milley said, "this gun was not registered."
Milley explained that the gunman was approached by a female officer after the shooting. He then pulled out the gun – which was concealed under his clothing – and took his own life. An unidentified reporter asked about rules regarding carrying concealed guns on base; Milley replied that carrying concealed guns was not allowed.
Another reporter asked if this heinous crime might lead to a change in policy so that soldiers on a military base can be armed to defend themselves. Milley did not indicate any support for changing the gun-free zone policy.
He did show interest, however, in re-evaluating the way cars are searched at the entry gate so that guns might not be smuggled in as easily.
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