when i lived on base it was mandatory that if you owned a firearm and kept it in your base house it had to be registered with the base armory and if you lived in a dorm it had to be stored at the armory, but if you lived off base they could give a fuck less.
That is pretty much the rule. If you're on post, you've got to register it. If you in the barracks, it has to be locked up in the armory.
Of post it is your business.
Looking at the document, I find it hard to believe that this is any sort of policy that the Army is implementing. The memorandum was issued by at the Company level, not the Battalion, Regiment, or Post level. There is no other evidence given. If more evidence is presented, I might change my mind.
Company Commanders are usually the rank of Captain but even a 2nd LT can be in charge. It is easy to see how an overzealous butterfinger bar could do something this stupid. I speculate that at some point, the chain of command got involved and someone got bitch slapped. That is why the order was rescinded.
You know, we've got enough to worry about in the fight to protect our 2nd amendment rights. We've got a President that really would love put national gun control into effect and a Congress that seems to be itchin' to do it despite what history has shown them. A dipshit commander that over stepped his authority is pretty small in my list of concerns..