Some Nuclear Plant Security Forces Can Possess, Use Certain Firearms

Indian Point nuclear plant

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) granted pre-emption authority to nuclear plants in two states allowing security forces to carry and use certain firearms despite other laws restricting their use.
The plants are the Indian Point, FitzPatrick, Nine Mile Point and Ginna plants in New York, and the San Onofre and Diablo Canyon plants in California, as well as their dry cask spent fuel storage facilities.
Pre-emption authority helps ensure the facilities can maintain capabilities described in their current security plans. The authority is being granted through Orders and license amendments.
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 gave the NRC authority to permit security forces at NRC-licensed facilities to possess and use certain firearms, ammunition and large-capacity ammunition feeding devices regardless of local, state or federal rules against their use. The pre-emption authority became effective with the NRC’s 2009 publication of guidelines on the use of firearms at NRC-licensed facilities, which the Attorney General approved.
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