Last week, SSD ran a poll covering purchase of privately owned firearms on DoD installations.
The results broke down as follows:
How difficult is it to purchase a firearm on your DoD installation?
1) Nothing more than a 4473, money, and DoD ID card with exchange privileges. However, I may have to produce a set of PCS orders to that state if I don’t have a driver’s license or other state ID to prove I’m a resident. 52% (106)
2) 4473 plus locally generated/invented forms from the garrsion or major command 8% (17)
3) 4473 with additional restrictions from the command in the form of approval memorandae required from Commanders 6% (13)
4) 4473 plus provost marshall or installation law enforcement authority for mandated registration. 6% (12)
5) My installation exchange or sportsman’s club does not sell firearms. 27% (54)
Roughly, 50 percent of respondents get no more grief than an off-post purchase, roughly a quarter don’t have the option of purchasing on post, and a quarter face varying levels of impediment on the part of the installation command or Exchange.
Total votes: 202 There were seven double votes from the same IP noted, so that makes for 195 truly unique votes. That’s a 97.5% integrity rate, meaning there was no obvious effort at “stuffing the ballot box” noted. It’s entirely possible two different people could’ve ended up on the same IP.
We suspect the hits from Malaysia, the UAE, and Australia are probably satellite internet providers for deployed servicemenbers. The hits in the UK and Germany are near US forward basing locations. CONUS, heavy concentrations around Ft. Huachuca, AZ represent Army NETCOM (aka NIPR) votes and the large cluster in Kansas is default geographic center of the US to which many unmapped IPs default. We also noted we have a heavy active readership in the I-25 corridor from Fort Carson, CO to FE Warren AFB in Wyoming.
Thanks to everyone for the constructive comments and votes.