The order comes after the killing of four Marines and one Navy Sailor in Chattanooga, TN this week.

KXAN reports that Governor Abbott authorized personnel to carry weapons as a deterrent and that they must have the ability to defend themselves.

Here's the official statement from Gov. Abbott:

“It is with a heavy heart that I issue this order. After the recent shooting in Chattanooga, it has become clear that our military personnel must have the ability to defend themselves against these type of attacks on our own soil. Arming the National Guard at these bases will not only serve as a deterrent to anyone wishing to do harm to our service men and women, but will enable them to protect those living and working on the base.”