Proper registration, storage needed for firearms on base
By Airman 1st Class Ross Tweten, Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs
/ Published September 21, 2006
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --
With hunting season on the horizon, avid hunters may seek to store firearms on base.
While owning a firearm on base is allowed, on-base residents are reminded to make sure they follow the proper procedures for registering and storing firearms on base.
According to Master Sgt. Sidney Jones, 5th Security Forces Squadron police services NCO in charge, the process is simple but needs to be accomplished immediately after bringing firearms on base.
"Airmen living in a dorm or lodging should report to the armory immediately with their firearm to have the weapon logged and stored," said Sergeant Jones. "People who live in housing may have their weapons stored in their home."
After having a weapon logged into the armory, an Air Force Form 1297, temporary issue receipt, is issued. People should then report to their commander's support staff to fill out an Air Force Form 1314, firearms registration, said Sergeant Jones.
The state of North Dakota does not have mandatory firearm registration but the base does.
"Firearm registration is mandatory on the installation so security forces can track the firearms on base," said Sergeant Jones. "Basically the mandatory registration is a tool for law enforcement when they are responding to an incident to be aware of what weapons are registered for a residence before they get there."
According to the 5th Security Forces Squadron police services office, failure to register a firearm on base results in an Article 92, failure to obey an order or regulation, and possible arrest.