This is for those of you who don't know about it and need to. On July 22, 2004 President George W. Bush signed into law HR218. This is a reflection of the aftermath of 9-11 and the new Homeland Security. This law allows any Peace Officer from any state that is defined as such and meets the guidelines of that State to carry a concealed weapon in all 50 states.
The Act permits the nationwide carrying of concealed handguns by qualified current and retired law enforcement officers and amends the Gun Control Act of 1968 (Pub. L. 90-618, 82 Stat. 1213) to exempt qualified current and retired law enforcement officers from state and local laws prohibiting the carry of concealed firearms.
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One of the Q & A's:
Under Section 926B(c)(2) in the LEOSA, what does “authorized by the agency to carry a firearm” mean (active only - not retired)?
If California statute allows an officer to carry off-duty, then the officer is authorized to carry. State correctional officers and Medical Technical Assistants, for example, typically are rarely issued duty weapons and most aren’t armed when conducting job duties. However, these officers are all authorized by statute to carry off-duty as long as they are range-qualified.
This Act doesn’t specify that the officer must carry in the line of duty. The officer can be in violation of policy, but can lawfully carry under this Act.
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