Gov. Steve Beshear issued an executive order Wednesday directing state Adjutant Gen. Edward Tonini to take any necessary steps to increase security at National Guard facilities and recruiting stations in Kentucky.
According to the news release, under a policy Tonini put in place in 2013, guard members already are permitted to carry weapons when they are on duty, and they may carry licensed concealed weapons while on duty at Guard facilities or recruiting stations.
The 2013 policy was created "as a safety and security measure in response to any threats against guard personnel at recruiting stations, training facilities, armories, administrative offices, on state property or anywhere else state law allows," the release noted.
Wednesday's executive order, issued in the wake of deadly shootings last week in Chattanooga, extends Tonini's policy as needed.