HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The 75th Security Forces Squadron at Hill Air Force Base is reminding gun owners about the longstanding policy for registering, storing and transporting privately owned firearms (POFs) at Hill Air Force Base.
“This is not a new policy,” said Nate Huven, chief of plans and programs for the 75th SFS. “However, with a large and transient base population, it’s important we periodically remind people about the established rules for privately owned firearms and weapons.”
These prohibitions and procedures regarding firearms and others weapons apply to all military and civilian employees, base residents, visitors, contractors, subcontractors and others.
Air Force Instruction 31-101 directs installation commanders to develop and implement guidance governing use and control of POFs. At Hill Air Force Base, the 75th Air Base Wing commander has published that guidance in Hill AFB Instruction 31-106, Control of Privately Owned Firearms.
This instruction provides required on-station guidance governing the use and control of POFs on this installation. A copy of HAFBI 31-106 can be obtained at the Air Force e-publishing website or by calling 75th SFS Plans and Programs at 801-586-9192.
Here are some of the rules outlined in HAFBI 31-106:
1. Registration of POFs is mandatory for persons who reside and store POFs on the installation. Registration is done at the 75th SFS armory located in building 408.
a. Anyone who lives in Boyer Hill Military Housing must register any firearms they keep in their homes with the 75th SFS.
b. Anyone who resides in a dormitory on the base must store their firearms in the 75th AFS Armory in building 408.
2. Off-duty or retired law enforcement personnel are not allowed to carry open or concealed weapons on Hill AFB, the Utah Test and Training Range, or the Little Mountain Test Facility unless credentialed in accordance with the Law Enforcement Safety Act (LEOSA) and HAFBI 31-106.
a. Having a LEOSA credential does not automatically grant authorization to carry a concealed firearm on the installation. Specific written permission must be given by the 75th Air Base Wing commander. Call 75th SFS plans and programs at 801-586-9192 for more information.
3. State issued “concealed firearm permits” do not authorize individuals to carry concealed or unconcealed firearms on Hill AFB.
a. Individuals living in base housing who have been issued a concealed carry permit can apply for permission to carry concealed from any gate directly to their residence and vice versa. Dormitory residents with concealed carry permits can apply for permission to carry concealed from any gate directly to the 75th SFS armory and vice versa. Contact the 75th SFS plans and programs at 801-586-9192 for more information.
4. Civilian police officers, federal agents and federal criminal investigators may carry firearms during the conduct of official duties at Hill AFB.
In addition, transporting POFs on the installation is prohibited except to and from authorized storage or shooting area and may not be stored in a concealed manner. When transporting, firearms must be:
1. Cleared and safe, with the breech open.
2. Placed in the trunk or in a locked container.
3. Store ammunition separately.
For more information on the policy for registering, storing and transporting POFs at Hill Air Force Base, call the 75th SFS armory at 801-777-7916.