Guard reopens 4 recruiting centers with tighter security


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio National Guard says it’s reopened four storefront recruiting centers after a review of security measures.

The Guard also says some personnel at all 72 facilities across Ohio are now carrying either government-issued or personal firearms.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) ordered the security reviews following a July shooting in Tennessee that killed four Marines and a sailor.

Major General Mark Bartman, the Adjutant General of Ohio, says necessary action must be taken to protect Guard members.

Guard personnel have traditionally been unarmed in part because they work on state property, where Ohio law generally prohibits weapons.

The four storefront offices are in Columbus, Dayton, Findlay and Painesville.

The National Guard Bureau says 23 states have authorized personnel to carry weapons at state facilities.