Following the massacre at the Washington Navy Yard, Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) denouncd the gun ban at military bases, saying it leaves servicemen and women vulnerable. Brooks wants the ban repealed, saying that if men and women in uniform were allowed to carry pistols, lives could have been saved. "Why our military is not allowed to use weapons ... so that they can defend themselves after Ft. Hood, and now this, is beyond me, but that's something that Congress needs to look at." Brooks says the House Armed Services Committee will be taking up the matter. Under federal regulations, only MPs and other security personnel are allowed to carry firearms on base.