Out of all the things that could go wrong with armed citizens guarding military recruitment centers, this was pretty minor, but it was enough to have the volunteers ordered away. Police told a group of volunteers to stop guarding a recruitment center in Lancaster, Ohio, after one of them accidentally fired a shot into the pavement, reports the Columbus Dispatch. Christopher Reed, 28, told police that his AR-15 rifle went off while he was taking ammunition out so he could show it to somebody who asked to look at it, the Dispatch reports. He was charged with discharging a firearm within city limits after somebody from the recruitment center called police.
Similar groups have turned up at recruiting centers across the country in the wake of last week's Chattanooga shootings, though the Army has ordered recruiters to treat the "alleged concerned citizens" as a security threat and avoid interacting with them, Stars and Stripes reports. A Marine Corps Recruiting Command spokesman tells Marine Corps Times that while volunteers may have the "best intentions," they're not welcome, and Marines have been told to call police if they turn up. In Spanaway, Wash., volunteers guarding a recruitment center were told to leave a few hours after the Ohio incident, reports Q13 Fox. One volunteer says they were told that the landlord was worried about insurance issues.