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RI National Guard Commander: Arming Guardsmen Not Next Step

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The new commander of the Rhode Island National Guard says he would consider alternative strategies before allowing guardsmen to carry weapons.

Col. Christopher Callahan on Wednesday became the state's 44th adjutant general during a ceremony presided over by Gov. Gina Raimondo.

Callahan says one solution in making the state's National Guard facilities safer would be bringing in outside security services.

Raimondo has asked Callahan to review safety and security procedures at Rhode Island's National Guard centers.

A gunman killed four U.S. Marines and a Navy sailor at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, last month. Governors in several other states have authorized arming guardsmen or increasing security at their facilities in response to the attacks.

Callahan was promoted to the rank of brigadier general following the military ceremony.

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