Rep. Steve Stockman introduced a bill in the House Thursday that would allow military personnel to carry firearms on base in the wake of the Sept. 16 Naval Yard shootings in Washington that killed 12 people.
Stockman offered the bill with six Republican co-sponsors, The Hill reports.
The policy forbidding guns on bases dates from the Clinton administration.
“Our disarmed military bases are vulnerable targets for terrorists, as we saw in Fort Hood and the Navy Yard,” Stockman said. “Despite that, soldiers trained to use guns cannot carry on base.
In the 2009 Fort Hood incident in Texas, an army psychiatrist killed 13 people.
“The result is two mass killings where defenseless soldiers had to watch as their friends were murdered,” Stockman added.