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Pentagon authorizes National Guard troops to carry firearms in DC

Pentagon authorizes National Guard troops to carry firearms in DC
National Guard troops stationed in and around the Capitol have been approved to carry their service firearms, M4 carbines and M9 pistols, as law enforcement and Army officials fear the potential for further violence ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week.

Pentagon authorizes National Guard troops to carry firearms in DC Hundreds of National Guard troops wait inside the Capitol Visitor Center to reinforce security at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan.SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP At least some National Guard troops on duty in Washington, D.National Guard troops stationed in and around the Capitol have been approved to carry their service firearms, M4 carbines and M9 pistols, as law enforcement and Army officials fear the potential for further violence ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week, two defense officials confirmed.National Guard were deployed to the nation’s capital as of Wednesday.

More National Guard forces, including troops from Illinois and Utah, were preparing to deploy to the city, where at least 10,000 National Guard troops were expected on duty by the weekend.The Pentagon, after receiving requests from local and federal law enforcement in Washington, has authorized up to 15,000 National Guard troops activated for Biden’s inauguration on Jan.

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