Armed volunteers guarding Dothan military recruiting offices

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A group of armed volunteers have started standing guard outside military recruiters’ offices in Dothan.

The Dothan Eagle reports that the volunteers are guarding the offices after five servicemen were killed last week in attacks on military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Bob Mann, a spokesman for the Dothan group, says the group wants to provide protection for local recruiters, who Mann says could be in danger.

Department of Defense regulations prohibit recruiters and other military personnel from being armed.

Shawn Peterman, another member of the group, says he and fellow members intend to guard the offices until regulations change to allow the recruiters to carry firearms or otherwise increase security there.

Mann says in the event of an emergency, his group’s first response will be to contact Dothan police.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

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