DC shootings prompt security review at Kitsap naval shipyard

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on September 17, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 17 at 6:00 PM

BREMERTON, Wash. -- Frank Rizzo never worried about security at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, but then he heard about Monday's shooting rampage.

"After yesterday, it should change," Rizzo said.

The gunman in the shootings at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., Aaron Alexis, used a valid badge to gain access to his workplace. Investigators say he brought a shotgun to work with him.

Rizzo, who has worked at the shipyard in Bremerton for four years, thinks security needs to be upgraded at the gate where he goes to work near the entrance to the Bremerton to Seattle Ferry.
Rizzo says all employees need is a valid badge to pass through the turnstiles.

There were no guards on duty at the gate Tuesday afternoon.

"I can bring in anything I want," said Rizzo.

Rizzo said there's nothing to stop an employee from bringing a weapon to work.

While there were a number of security cameras monitoring the entrance, a shipyard spokesperson would not comment on security measures at PSNS.

At another gate every visitor had their ID checked by a uniformed security officer.

"I feel safe," said employee Kenika Bingham, who is satisfied with the current security measures at the shipyard.

Bingham was not opposed to a review and possible security upgrades following the D.C. shootings. He said he could see metal detectors being installed at the gate, but thought that would be "extremely tedious" for employees.

Following Monday's shootings, President Barack Obama ordered an examination of security measures at all federal agencies.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called for reviews of security measures at U.S. military bases around the world.

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