H.R. 218, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Safety Act”
S. 1132, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Safety Act Improvements Act”
H.R. 4310, the “National Defense Authorization Act”
On 22 July 2004, President George W. Bush signed H.R. 218, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Safety Act,” into law. The Act, now Public Law 108-277, went into effect immediately. The bill exempts qualified active and retired law enforcement officers from local and State prohibitions on the carrying of concealed firearms.
On 12 October 2010, President Barack H. Obama II signed S. 1132, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Safety Act Improvements Act,” into law. The Act, now Public Law 111-272, went into effect immediately. The bill improves the ability of retired officers to comply with the documents required by existing Federal law when carrying a firearm under 18 USC 926C and makes other modifications to existing law.
On 2 January 2013, President Barack H. Obama II signed H.R. 4310, the “National Defense Authorization Act,” into law. The Act, now Public Law 112-239, went into effect immediately. The Law Enforcement Officers’ Safety Act (LEOSA) as amended can be cited as 18 USC 926B (for active duty law enforcement officers) and 18 USC 926C (for retired or separated officers).
Who is eligible to carry concealed firearms under this legislation?
Qualified law enforcement officers employed by or retired from a local, State or Federal law
A “qualified active law enforcement officer” is defined as an employee of a government agency
- is authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, prosecution or the incarceration of any person for any violation of law;
- has statutory powers of arrest or apprehension under the Uniform Code of Military Justice;
- is authorized by the agency to carry a firearm;
- is not the subject of any disciplinary action by the agency which could result in suspension or loss of police powers;
- meets the standards, if any, established by the agency which require the employee to regularly qualify in the use of a firearm;
- is not under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicating or hallucinatory drug or substance, and
- is not prohibited by Federal law from possessing a firearm.
The most recent amendment to LEOSA further clarifies that law enforcement officers employed by the U.S. Department of Defense who may not be deemed as having “statutory powers of arrest,” but who did have the authority, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), to apprehend suspects, meet the definition of “qualified law enforcement officer.”
The cost for this includes forms:
Additional Firearms: $25/ea