Florida Gov. Rick Scott has already ordered neighborhood military recruitment centers in Florida moved to armories, now he wants to assure National Guard members are armed and ready to respond if they are attacked like what happened in Tennessee earlier this month.
During a press conference in Jacksonville today, Scott said he has asked the leader of the Florida National Guard, Adjutant General Michael Calhoun, to make sure all qualified soldiers are armed so they can defend themselves, including during recruitment work.
"Our military needs to be safe," Scott said.
Calhoun said there was no policy to arm recruiters until know, unless they were in a state building and had their own personal weapon.
"We just want to reassure our recruiters and the individuals that come to those centers are protected," Calhoun said.
Scott is also looking at other options, including bullet proof glass at recruitment centers and calling for more local police patrols of recruitment centers and armories to assure safety of soldiers.
"I do hope the president is taking notice of what we are doing here," Scott said.