Florida Orders Military Recruiters Out of Storefronts

Gov. Rick Scott says they'll work from local armories for protection
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 18, 2015 1:31 PM CDT
Florida Orders Military Recruiters Out of Storefronts
The windows of the Armed Forces Recruitment Center in Chattanooga are riddled with bullet holes.   (Tim Barber/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)

Gov. Rick Scott ordered Florida National Guard recruiters today to work from nearby armories in the wake of the attacks in Tennessee. In an executive order, the Republican governor said he wants 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. A spokeswoman for Scott said the move would occur "immediately."

Security for the recruiting centers has come under scrutiny since the Tennessee shootings because critics say they are too vulnerable. US military officials have said security at recruiting and reserve centers will be reviewed, but the Army's top officer, Gen. Ray Odierno, said it's too early to say whether the facilities should have security guards or other increased protection. As governor, Scott oversees the Florida National Guard and can act without federal involvement. He ordered officers to make sure all full-time members of the guard are armed "in the interest of immediately securing Florida National Guardsmen who are being targeted by ISIS." (More Florida stories.)

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