In an executive order, the Republican governor said he wants Guard recruiters to move from six storefront locations into armories until state officials can evaluate and make security improvements, including possibly installing bullet-proof glass or enhanced surveillance equipment.
This order comes after the recent shooting on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., that resulted in the deaths of four U.S. Marines and one Navy Sailor.
Abbott called for National Guard personnel to be armed at military facilities across the state.
The order also makes sure all qualified full-time guardsmen are adequately armed for personal protection. The apparent shooter in that case, Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, was also killed. He was identified by family as Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, a reservist serving on active duty in Chattanooga.
PDF: Executive Order protecting Fla. The man stated that he was there ‘to protect the troops.’.
Scott, however, said during an interview with CNN that recruiting centers could be targets and that’s why he wants the National Guard moved until officials are “comfortable” that they will be safe.
The order directs recruitment Guardsmen to relocate to their nearest armory until security can be improved at the recruiting centers.
Opening discussions with native regulation enforcement businesses to “organize common safety checks” for Florida National Guard Armories. The facilities would be named by the Guard’s Adjutant General. This shall include, but not be limited to, the provision of arms for those fulltime Florida Guardsmen who do not now have their own weapon issued to them.