Florida National Guard centers moved to armories for safety

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Posted: Jul 18, 2015 3:43 PM

(Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott on Saturday ordered six store-front Florida National Guard recruiting centers to be moved to the nearest Guard armory buildings in the wake of attacks on Thursday that left five servicemen dead in Tennessee.

Scott also ordered all Guard members to be armed for their personal protection.

Concern about security at recruiting centers has escalated since the shooting deaths of four Marines and a Navy petty officer at military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee. One of the sites was a recruiting office in a strip mall.

In his executive order, Scott said bulletproof glass and better video surveillance equipment are among steps that should be considered to make recruiting offices safer.

He said Guard members who do not carry weapons should get them and undergo expedited concealed weapon permits, if necessary.

Military personnel in uniform would not usually have authorization to carry a personal weapon while working in recruiting offices, the Pentagon said on Friday. Scott said the Guard would issue the weapons in Florida.

(Reporting by Kevin Murphy in Kansas City.; Editing by Alan Crosby)