posted on Jan, 23 2013 @ 01:07 PM
Originally posted by Carreau
reply to post by 200Plus
Correct, when PCS'ing to a new Post soldiers are required to register all firearms with the Provost Marshall's Office regardless of rank or where
they are going to live on or off Post.
In my 24 years in the military I only had to list by serial number all my weapons if I intended to take them overseas. They have to be listed on
one's orders. I only took one handgun (for personal proficiency) and stored the rest in temp storage as I could not carry a weapon there anyway nor
take it off post in the host nation.
Also, since I have more than I can possibly ever move in the car when moving CONUS they have to be inventoried and listed on the documents for the
moving company for insurance and accountability purposes.
When I lived in the barracks (a loooooooong time ago) one could not store privately owned weapons in thier rooms they were kept in the arms room and
within reason you could get them whenever you wanted. You didn't need approval they were yours just stored there for safety.
Latter when residing on post all weapons in the home were supposed to be reported to the PMO. I listed them all with my insurance company of course
and listed a few with the PMO. In all the time I resided on post no one ever came to check the weapons - ever. This was primarily as I understood it
so there was a list of all weapons on the post. It is after all a controlled access area.
Off post no one in the military ever asked about my weapons - ever. The State in which one resides has jurisdiction over everything off post.
For the guy who posted that off post residences are to be inspected as well; I have in 24 years only seen that happen once. Because the Soldier had a
problem with the landlord making repairs. The Commander went to the trailer to inspect it for livability because the Soldier was (after the
determination) to be moved at government expense because of the residence being unsuitable. This was of course all with the Soldier's consent.
If the military shows up at your off post residence you don't have to let them in at all. They are bound by law off post like anyone else is -
without regard to their rank or position. They can request a warrant of course but they must like anyone show probable cause that you intend to harm
yourself or another. They will show up with local LEO's as the military can't conduct a search of an off post house - ever.