Brian Blackden of Pepper Defense Supply in Penacook stood outside of the Armed Forces Career Center on Loudon Road on July 20, 2015, standing guard in case of a possible terrorist attack against the capital city’s local recruiting office. He said he was both making a political statement and actually doing what citizens of the United States should be doing – protecting those who protect Americans against enemies that are foreign or domestic. Blackden also called on Gov. Maggie Hassan, D-Exeter, to allow military personnel in the state to be armed.
“It’s to support the military and to let the governor know that she needs to take action, like at least two other governors have done, and let them have firearms, so they can protect our liberties,” he said.
Blackden added that he believed recruiting stations around the country as well as other “gun-free” zones like military bases and National Guard stations were “soft targets” for potential terrorists like Mohammod Abdulazeez who allegedly killed the Marines last week. He said the military needed to be armed against potential attacks like the one in Tennessee.