Fort Hood Shooting Sparks Debate on Concealed Guns

Off the battlefield, the American military has a complicated relationship with guns.

For decades, soldiers and their families have been able to purchase guns for personal use in retail stores on some bases. Even today, some “base exchanges” sell guns. Soldiers and their families can fire personal firearms at target ranges, participate in competitions and in gun clubs – all located on the nation’s military bases. But a federal directive won't allow them to carry concealed weapons on bases, even though it's legal in the rest of Texas.  

Now, with two separate rampage shootings within five years of ...

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