Jan 16, 2020 11:11 AM

Policy restricts carrying guns onto Offutt Air Force Base

Posted Jan 16, 2020 11:11 AM
Offutt Air Force Base Nebraska
Offutt Air Force Base Nebraska

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A new policy has gone into effect at Offutt Air Force Base south of Omaha that bars military and civilian personnel from transporting privately-owned firearms onto base.

That order came from Col. Gavin Marks, who assumed command of the U.S. Air Force 55th Wing in June. It followed a mandatory review of the base's defense and anti-terrorism plan, the Omaha World-Herald recently reported.

The change also came in the wake of high-profile gun incidents last year on U.S. military bases, including one in May at Offutt. Marine Pfc. Ali Al-Kazahg, 22, of Milford, was arrested at Offutt's StratCom gate while carrying guns, ammunition and a silencer. Al-Kazahg, who is stationed in Hawaii, pleaded guilty Tuesday in a court martial hearing to possessing unlawful firearms and other counts and was sentenced to three years' confinement.

Marks' order overturned a previous policy that allowed Department of Defense ID card holders with a concealed-carry license from Nebraska or reciprocating states to take personal firearms onto base, provided they were inside their vehicles, unloaded and inside a locked container.

The new restriction doesn't apply to current and former military law enforcement personnel who have permits that allow qualifying military police to carry concealed weapons.

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Kan. man charged with fatally stabbing sister's ex-boyfriend
Prager  photo Sedgwick County

WICHITA, KAN. (AP) — A Kansas man has been charged with fatally stabbing his sister's ex-boyfriend during a Wichita fight.

Morgan Prager, 24, Pittsburg, Kansas, made his first appearance Wednesday in Sedgwick County District Court on charges of second degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is jailed on $250,000 bond.

Wichita police say officers responded Saturday to an assault call and found 19-year-old Vincent Venturella suffering from a severe neck laceration. Police say the men had fought about Prager's sister. Venturella died Monday night.

Prager was arrested in Pittsburg. Kansas Department of Corrections records show that he had been discharged in December from community corrections after previous convictions for theft and criminal possession of a firearm in Wyandotte County.