When the U.S. Embassy in Cairo was stormed by protesters in September 2012, Marines there had been barred from carrying live ammunition
The Marine Corps debunked a rumor about embassy guards lacking ammunition in 2012
On September 11, 2012, protesters assaulted the U.S. Embassy in Cairo as part of a demonstration against an anti-Islam video that had been produced in the United States.
In the aftermath, rumors swirled about the Marines protecting the Embassy having been prohibited from carrying live ammunition. But a memo from the U.S. Marine Corps’ congressional liaison soon swatted down the rumor:
The Ambassador did not impose restrictions on weapons or weapons status on the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group (MCESG) detachment. The MCESG Marines in Cairo were allowed to have live ammunition in their weapons. The Ambassador and Regional Security Officer have been completely and appropriately engaged with the security situation. Reports of Marines not being able to have their weapons loaded per direction from the Ambassador are not accurate.
Furthermore, State Department regulations dictate that Marines cannot be given an order that would "jeopardize the safety or well-being of any Marine."