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Va nuke facility can ask feds to OK firearm use

Thursday - 6/6/2013, 3:50am  ET

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is allowing a Virginia nuclear facility to seek approval for its security forces to possess and use firearms despite any local, state or federal restrictions.

Federal law gives the NRC permission to allow security forces at licensed facilities to have weapons even if there are other legal restrictions.

The federal agency says the Babcock & Wilcox nuclear fuel fabrication facility in Lynchburg sought eligibility to apply for the authority.

The order issued this week spells out how designated facilities would and how the NRC would review any applications. It also requires the designated facilities to perform background checks to verify their security personnel are not prohibited from carrying firearms by state law.

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