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Old Edwards Air Force Base perimeter sign

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I found this old Edwards Air Force Base perimeter sign while hiking in the desert looking for a crash site.

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Very neat item - and what's a sign without a few bullet holes?

Right?

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Not sure what the penalty for violating the internal security act of 1950 was then, but today if you cross that line you are screwed.

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Use by the U.S. military[edit]

The U.S. military continues to use 50 U.S.C. § 797, citing it in U.S. Army regulation AR 190-11 in support of allowing installation commanders to regulate privately owned weapons on army installations. An Army message known as an ALARACT[14] states "senior commanders have specific authority to regulate privately owned weapons, explosives, and ammunition on army installations." The ALARACT refers to AR 190-11 and public law (section 1062 of Public Law 111-383, also known as the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011); AR 190-11 in turn cites the McCarran Internal Security Act (codified as 50 USC 797). The ALARACT reference is a truncated version of the public law.[15]

 

Amended[edit]

Part of the Act was repealed by the Non-Detention Act of 1971. For example, violation of 50 U.S.C. § 797 (Section 21 of "the Internal Security Act of 1950"), which concerns security of military bases and other sensitive installations, may be punishable by a prison term of up to one year.[16]

The part of the act codified as 50 U.S.C. § 798 has been repealed in its entirety for violating the First Amendment.[17]

The now-powerless Subversive Activities Control Board was abolished by Congress in 1972.[18]

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