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NEWS | July 24, 2013

Gun owners need to know JB Charleston's firearms policy

By 628th Security Forces Squadron

Housing residents on Joint Base Charleston - Air Base and Weapons Station are required to register all firearms stored in Military Family Housing on base. If an MFH resident wishes to store a firearm in their resident, they must complete an Air Force Form 1314, Firearms Registration, and submit it to the Housing Office and the 628th Security Forces Squadron Reports and Analysis section within five duty days of the time in-resident storage begins.

If an incoming resident's firearm(s) are packed with undelivered household goods, completion of AF Form 1314 may be impossible due to lack of serial numbers. In this case, the Housing Office will notify the 628th SFS Reports and Analysis section of the expected household goods delivery date. Upon delivery of household goods, the resident must complete AF Form 1314 within five duty days.

All firearms must be kept either in a lockable container (e.g. gun cabinet or gun case) or must be secured with a trigger lock rendering the firearm incapable of firing while the lock is in place. Regardless of the method of securing the firearm(s), it is the military sponsor's duty to secure all firearms in such a manner as to prevent anyone under the age of 18 from having access to or handling the firearm without a parent or legal guardian in the immediate area.

Ammunition must be kept in a locked container separate from the firearm.

Residents of MFH may store their firearms in the 628th SFS Armory located on the Joint Base Charleston - Air Base. An AF Form 1314 must be completed and kept on file in the SFS Armory.

Any firearm defined as a "machine gun" according to Title 26, U.S.C. Section 5845(b) may not be stored in MFH residences. A machine gun is defined as any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot automatically more than one shot, without manual loading, by a single function of the trigger.

Military personnel who fail to follow the JB Charleston Military Family Housing Firearm Policy as outlined in the JB Charleston Integrated Defense Plan may be subject to punitive action for failure to obey an order/regulation.