National Guard changes coming after TN shooting

Changes are in the works around the country when it comes to the security of citizen soldiers and their ability to be armed in the

Changes are in the works around the country when it comes to the security of citizen soldiers and their ability to be armed in the wake of last week's deadly shooting of five service members in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Changes are in the works around the country when it comes to the security of citizen soldiers and their ability to be armed in the wake of last week's deadly shooting of five service members in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (7/19/15)

EDISON - Changes are in the works around the country when it comes to the security of citizen soldiers and their ability to be armed in the wake of last week's deadly shooting of five service members in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

In New Jersey, reservists are training at the Weigel Army Reserve Center in Edison, and soldiers in uniform can be found recruiting at local storefronts - sites that do not allow weapons. Aside from fencing and "No Trespassing" signs, there is little to no security. 

As a result of the shooting, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed an executive order allowing National Guard members to protect themselves at 11 recruiting centers and 62 armories. Texas and Florida are also allowing their National Guard members to protect themselves.

Alabama, New York and Illinois are increasing security at armories and military recruiting centers. There is no indication yet that New Jersey will follow suit.

News 12 reached out to the state's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs for comment, but has not heard back.

The FBI is still searching for a motive in the shooting, and is looking into a trip gunman Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez took to Jordan last year.

Abdulazeez's family responded to the shooting with a statement that said, "There are no words to describe our shock, horror and grief... It grieves us beyond belief to know that his pain found its expression in this heinous act of violence."

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