A CV-22 Osprey from the 8th Special Operations Squadron and an MH-53 Pave Low 20th Special Operations Squadron, fly over the coastline near Hurlburt Field, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Julianne Showalter)

HURLBURT FIELD — In response to the mass shootings that have taken place at military installations across the country in recent years, many commentators have called for changes to current policies that prohibit service members from possessing personal firearms on bases.

Currently, Hurlburt personnel are prohibited from having their personal guns with them on base property.

A change to policies regarding guns on base may be on the horizon, however.

According to Col. Tom Palenske, vice commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing, the base has been conducting a comprehensive review of its privately owned firearms policy.

"The installation commander takes the safety of the members on our installation very seriously, and for that reason is currently

in the process of updating his current policy," Palenske said. "The new policy has not yet been finalized, but more information will be made available to base personnel once it has been."

Palenske added that until the review is completed and plans have been coordinated with the Air Force Special Operations Command, the current firearms prohibition will remain in effect.

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