National Guard to Soldiers At Border: No Personal Weapons, Even Off-Duty
HOUSTON, Texas — The JAG (Judge Advocate General) Office of the Texas National Guard (TNG) briefed guardsmen about to be deployed to South Texas to leave their personal firearms at home. This applies even if the guardsman has a Texas Concealed Handgun License or is a certified peace officer in their civilian life.
This briefing was disclosed by one of the soldiers who is about to be deployed to a section of the Rio Grande Sector of the Texas/Mexico border as part of Governor Rick Perry’s 1,000 soldier deployment order. “They told us we are considered to be ‘on duty’ 24/7,” the soldier told Breitbart Texas. “Even when we are in civilian clothes, we are not allowed the same right of self-protection as any other citizen of this state.”
He also told Breitbart Texas he expects to be deployed to the border this coming weekend.
Breitbart Texas reached out to the Texas National Guard Public Affairs Office (PAO) for confirmation. “To accurately answer your inquiry,” The TNG PAO responded, “we will have to confer with our JAG office. As soon as we have the answer to your question, we will be sure to get it to you.” One week later, no further response has been received.
The Guardsmen are expected to spend their first weekend along the border this week. It is not known exactly when they will head out from their training position at Camp Swift near Austin.
Bob Price is a staff writer and a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.