AR 190-14 PDF

History. This UPDATE printing publishes a r e v i s i o n o f t h i s p u b l i c a t i o n . B e c a u s e t h e publication has been extensively revised, the changed. Pub/Form Number, AR Pub/Form Date, 03/12/ Pub/Form Title, CARRYING OF FIREARMS AND USE OF FORCE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND. AR – Law Enforcement Reporting. This major revision, dated 27 September o Adds a requirement for chain of command.

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Department of the Army. B e c a u s e t h e publication has qr extensively revised, the changed portions have not been highlighted. This revision provides guidance on the carrying of firearms and the use of force by personnel engaged in law enforcement and security duties.

It implements Dep a r t m e n t o f D e f e n s e p o l i c y t o l i m i t a n d control the carrying of firearms by Department of the Army military and civilian personnel.

It establishes criteria for compliance with its provisions by contract security personnel. This revision requires that the use of deadly force with firearms be applied equally. Contents Listed by paragraph and page number.

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Active Army, the U. Af changes to this. Plans has the authority to approve exceptions. Distribution of this regulation. This regulation is subject to the requirements. It contains internal control pro. This regulation prescribes policies and procedures for authorizing, carrying, and using firearms in connection with law enforcement and security duties. It establishes uniform policy for the use of force by law enforcement and security personnel.

Required and related publications and prescribed and referenced forms are listed in appendix A. Abbreviations and special terms used in this regulation are explained in 109-14 glossary. The Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans will establish policy covering the carrying of firearms and the use of force by personnel performing law enforcement and security duties.

Commanders at all levels will exercise sufficient control over operations and authorizations involving the carrying of firearms, and will ensure—.

Coordinate with legal counsel, as appropriate, for legal sufficiency for the use of deadly force implementing guidance. Requirements concerning use of the MP club and chemical aerosol projectors apply only when these items are issued and carried on duty.

AR Carrying Of Firearms And Use Of Force For Law Enforcement And Security Duties

The authorization to carry firearms will be issued only to qualified personnel when there is a reasonable expectation that life or Department of the Army DA assets will be jeopardized if firearms are not carried.

Evaluation of the necessity to carry a firearm will be made considering this expectation weighed against the possible consequences of accidental or indiscriminate use of firearms. DA personnel regularly engaged in law enforcement or secu. DA personnel are authorized to carry firearms while engaged in security duties, protecting personnel and vital Government assets, or guarding prisoners.

The terms of official agreements between the United States and the host government and implementing instructions issued by commanders of major Army commands MACOMs of overseas areas will govern the arming of Department of Army personnel in foreign countries.

The issuance of authorizations to local and other foreign nationals employed by DA will be governed by agreements or arrangements with the host nation. Provisions of this regulation do not apply to DA personnel engaged in military operations and subject to authorized rules of engagement, or assigned to duty in the following areas or situations, as defined by an Executive Order, a Department of Defense DOD Directive, or an Army regulation AR:.

Carrying of Firearms by Law Enforcement and. Officers of field grade rank or higher, or civilian equivalent of grade General Schedule GS —12 or above may authorize the carrying of firearms for law enforcement and security duties described in paragraph 2—2.

The carrying of firearms for personal protection will only be. Due to the serious responsibility imposed on persons authorized to bear or use firearms, such persons must be selected with care.

Authorization to carry a firearm includes the authority to permit or require the firearm to be loaded. Unless otherwise specified by local policy, authority to carry a loaded firearm will be implied by issuance of ammunition with the firearm. Authorization to carry firearms may be granted to personnel. DA military and civilian personnel may be authorized to carry firearms for personal protection when the responsible intelligence center identifies a credible and specific threat against DA personnel in that regional area.


Firearms will not be issued indiscriminately for that purpose. Before individuals are authorized to carry a firearm for personal protection under this regulation, the authorizing official must evaluate—. Procedures will be established to ensure that any individual being issued a firearm has a written authorization in effect before actual issuance of the weapon.

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Except in situations requiring immediate action to protect life. Personnel traveling 910-14 the continental United States to an overseas area in a temporary duty status must obtain advanced authorization from the applicable overseas authorizing 1190-14 to carry a firearm for personal protection in that overseas area.

Written authorization documents will consist of one of the following: D A F o r m 2 8 1 8 i s a v a i l a b l e through normal publications supply channels. Instructions for completing this form are self-explanatory. Procedures will a established to immediately withdraw authorization to carry a firearm when an individual is no longer eligible or qualified to do so.

Written authorization does not have to be maintained by the person while the weapon is carried, except as noted in chapter 4 and paragraph 2—7b.

DA military and civilian personnel regularly assigned to law enforcement or security duties may be given a continuing authorization not to exceed 1 year to af firearms, provided they pass and maintain eligibility and qualification standards. Minimum 10-14 to be included in the written authoriza. Personnel assigned firearms for personal protection under the provisions of paragraph 2—2d, will be authorized to carry firearms on a case-by-case basis and written authorization issued only for the duration of specific assignment or threat.

Individuals carrying firearms for personal protection must comply with all qualifying requirements specified in this regulation. Procedures will be established to ensure authorization and qualifying criteria for carrying firearms remain valid. To be considered eligible to carry firearms, personnel must have 109-14 completed mandatory training and proficiency testing within the preceding 12 months.

Mandatory training must include—. As a minimum, proficiency testing will include annual qualification firing according to Army qualification standards for the type of weapon being carried. Records of individual qualification results must be retained for as long as the individual possesses a firearm.

Course as specified in Field Manual 19— Weapons may be carried off an installation by DA personnel engaged in official duties when authorized by officers of field grade rank or higher, or civilian equivalent of grade GS—12 or above.

No further restrictions on the carrying of firearms in medical treatment facilities may be imposed on personnel performing law enforcement or security duties. The following persons are not authorized to carry firearms:. Personnel authorized to carry firearms are prohibited from consuming alcoholic beverages 8 hours prior to carrying a firearm.

An officer in the chain of command or supervisory chain in the grade of at least colonel may grant an exception to this provision for USACIDC ad agents and supervisors, military police investigators, and DA civilian investigators operating in a covert role.

Military or civilian personnel may carry concealed firearms while performing law enforcement or security duties if carrying firearms openly would compromise the mission.

Personnel authorized to carry concealed firearms will possess documentation identifying their law enforcement or security duty status and authorization to carry 1900-14 concealed firearm.

During covert operations, field grade commanders or 190-4 marshals may waive the requirement to carry identifying documentation if such could c o m p r o m i s e t h e m i s s i o n o r e n d a n g e r t h e p e r s o n c a r r y i n g t h e weapon requires sufficient control over operations to 19-014 that authorization and identification can be readily verified if required.

A waiver under such situations does not preclude the requirement for written authorization to carry a firearm. An individual authorized wr carry a firearm is responsible for ensuring proper safeguards to prevent loss, theft, or unauthorized use. Firearms will be returned to a designated control point on completion of the assignment for storage and accountability according to AR — DA military and civilian personnel engaged in law enforcement or security duties will avoid the use of force where they can carry out their duties without resorting to its ag.

In such cases where the use of force is warranted, DA personnel will use the minimum amount of force necessary to reach their objective. Only as a last resort will deadly force be used and only as described in this regulation.

Commanders are encouraged to substitute nonlethal devices for firearms when considered adequate for safely performing law enforcement and security duties. In evaluating the degree of force required for specific law enforcement or security situations, the following options should be considered in the order listed:. Principles defined in this regulation on the use of deadly force with firearms will be applied equally to personnel using a weapon or equipment which, when properly employed in their intended application, would exert deadly force.


The Secretary of the Army, major Army commanders, or their designees may impose further restrictions on the use of deadly force if deemed necessary in their judgment and if such restrictions would not unduly compromise the national sr interests of the United States. Personnel will not be permitted to perform law enforcement or security duties requiring the use of weapons until they have received instruction on applicable regulations for the use of deadly force in the performance of such duties.

Additionally, annual refresher at will be given to all personnel assigned to those duties to ensure that they continue to be thoroughly familiar with all restrictions on the use of deadly force. Personnel 1900-14 weapons for personal protection under the provisions of paragraph 2—2d 190-144 have the necessary training on deadly force commensurate with that prescribed by this regulation.

For contract security forces, use of deadly force criteria will be. Deadly force is justified only under conditions of extreme necessity and as a last resort when all lesser means have failed or cannot reasonably be employed.

Deadly force is arr under one or more of the following circumstances:. When deadly force reasonably appears to be necessary to protect law enforcement or security personnel who reasonably believe af or others to be in imminent danger of death or serious bodily harm. When deadly force reasonably appears necessary to 19-014 the actual theft or sabotage of assets vital to national security. Examples include nuclear weapons; nuclear command, control, and communications facilities; and design a t e d r e s 910-14 r i c t e d a r e a s c o n t a i n i n g s t r a t e g i c o p e r a t i o n a l a s s e t ssensitive codes or special access programs.

When deadly force reasonably appears to be necessary to prevent the actual theft or sabotage af resources, such as operable weapons or ammunition, that are inherently dangerous to others; such as assets that, in the hands of an unauthorized individual, present a substantial potential danger of death or serious bodily harm to others.

Examples include high risk portable and lethal missiles, rockets, arms, ammunition, explosives, chemical agents, and special nuclear material. When deadly force reasonably appears necessary to 190-41 the commission of a serious offense involving violence and threatening death or serious bodily harm.

Examples include murder, armed robbery, and aggravated assault. When deadly force reasonably appears to be necessary to zr, apprehend, or prevent the escape of a person who, there is probable cause to believe, has committed an offense of the nature specified in 2 through 4 above. When deadly force has been specifically authorized by the Secretary of the Army and reasonably appears to ra necessary to prevent the escape of a prisoner, provided law enforcement or security personnel have probable cause to believe that the escaping prisoner poses a threat of serious bodily harm either to security personnel or others.

Additional requirements for the use of firearms. Carrying Firearms While Aboard Commercial and. When personnel must carry firearms aboard aircraft, either on themselves or in their baggage, the commercial airline or military passenger service representatives will be notified before the flight departure.

Personnel will possess proper identification with arr photograph and written authorization, such as, letter of authorization, credentials, and so forth, to carry firearms. Exceptions will only occur as a result of prior coordination with competent authority. If the firearm is not required 910-14 the flight, the person carrying the firearm will—.

Declare to the commercial airline representative or military passenger service representative, before the baggage is ae, that an unloaded firearm is in the baggage. Inform the commercial airline representative or military passenger service representative that the firearm container is appropriate for air transportation. If the firearm is a handgun or other weapon that normally is not fired from the shoulder position, the baggage will be locked and the key will be kept by the person carrying the firearm.