He wasn’t eligible to own a firearm, but he had a TWIC card.
The credential Savage used to gain access — a Transportation Worker Identity Credential — is issued by the Transportation Security Administration and is valid for five years. In the news release, the Navy said the card alone doesn’t authorize base access. People also have other documents to gain entry, including a manifest of items to be delivered or a receipt indicating an item to be picked up, said Beth Baker, a spokeswoman for the Norfolk-based Navy Region Mid-Atlantic.
People with criminal records for certain crimes are allowed to have a TWIC card, as long as they have been out of prison for at least 5 years, according to TSA’s website. However, applicants can also apply for a waiver.
He apparently went up onto the ship, disarmed the Petty Officer of the Watch and used the gun to shoot a MA2 Mark Mayo.
People who view aggressive violence as a way to solve their personal problems generally identify themselves long before their first murder.
It won’t bring him back, but the Navy is calling MA2 Mayo a hero for his actions.
No doubt some old signalman will be along presently to tell me that this former MM2 did the signal flags wrong.