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Pax weapons policy to remain in place until otherwise noted

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11/29/16 12:00 AM

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – A new Department of Defense directive regarding arming of and the Use of Force by personnel in the DoD was released Nov. 18.

DoD Directive 5210.56, “Arming and the Use of Force,” addresses a number of subjects, including DoD “guidance for permitting the carrying of privately owned firearms on DoD property by DoD personnel for personal protection purposes that are not associated with the performance of official duties.”

In the meantime, there will be no change to Naval Air Station Patuxent River’s firearms policy, NASPAXRIV Instruction 5510.16K “Privately Owned Weapons,” until such time as the Department of the Navy has released its guidance on DoD Directive 5210.56.

For more information on NASPAXRIV Instruction 5510.16K, visit