Armed Ohio veterans continue vigil outside recruiting center

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) – Armed veterans are continuing their vigil outside a southwestern Ohio military recruiting center four months after the killing of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Vietnam veteran Larry Stoneking organizes the group posted near the Middletown Armed Forces Career Center.

The Dayton Daily News reports ( ) Stoneking says the veterans will continue as long as they are needed.

Armed citizens began showing up outside recruitment centers nationwide after the July shootings which drew attention to the fact that most recruiting officers do not carry weapons.

Kelli Bland, spokeswoman at the U.S. Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky, tells the paper it’s believed eight such outposts continue across the country.

Some governors including Ohio’s John Kasich have authorized National Guard personnel to carry weapons at state facilities.

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