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  • Do any of you also have a chl or HL

    Or do you carry off duty based off the fact that you are an officer. I'm not sure how each state works which is why I put both HL and CHL. Here in Texas we recently went to being able to open carry so it's now HL. I've heard that as a police officer it's good to get a license in case of an officer being suspended or something like that or on administrative leave they can still carry off duty

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    Originally posted by Timeforsomeaction View Post
    Or do you carry off duty based off the fact that you are an officer. I'm not sure how each state works which is why I put both HL and CHL. Here in Texas we recently went to being able to open carry so it's now HL. I've heard that as a police officer it's good to get a license in case of an officer being suspended or something like that or on administrative leave they can still carry off duty
    I am able to apply for one just like any other person, but I don't. Even if I were to get a CCW permit, the Sheriff would suspend or revoke it in the event I were to be on admin leave or otherwise not allowed to carry.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Timeforsomeaction View Post
      Or do you carry off duty based off the fact that you are an officer. I'm not sure how each state works which is why I put both HL and CHL. Here in Texas we recently went to being able to open carry so it's now HL. I've heard that as a police officer it's good to get a license in case of an officer being suspended or something like that or on administrative leave they can still carry off duty
      For most cases yes a state permit (whatever your state would call it) would keep you "legal" under a suspenstion/dicipline etc. There is the chance like Sierra said if your local your Sheriff/Police Chief could revoke it. In my state when I was a municiple Sheriffs and Chiefs didn't have that power, the state police handled it and unless it was court ordered or one was under some kind of mental evaluation they couldn't do anything to a person. But each place is different.

      Being BOP I know several Feds, BOP, Marshals etc that have their state permits just for such an occasion.

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      • #4
        Here in Texas, the concealed handgun license is now called the "license to carry." I don't have one and won't unless forced into one. As an officer in Texas, you are limited where you can carry by law and agency policy.

        I carry as an honorably retired law enforcement officer, but as far as I know, I could open carry if I desired since it doesn't show any restriction in the statute...but I wouldn't anyway. I don't want a LTC because I don't want to have that information to go out on the radio if I have any future dealings with LE in the future, and because it may restrict me somehow.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Sierra259 View Post
          I am able to apply for one just like any other person, but I don't. Even if I were to get a CCW permit, the Sheriff would suspend or revoke it in the event I were to be on admin leave or otherwise not allowed to carry.
          ...which is why my CHL is issued by a different county than the one I work in.
          "I am a Soldier. I fight where I'm told and I win where I fight." -- GEN George S. Patton, Jr.

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          • #6
            I'm in Texas and I have a LTC. The main reason is when I go to buy a gun I can bypass the background check. Even as a LEO you have to jump through all those hoops when purchasing a firearm. The license is cheap and easy to get as a LEO.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by tanksoldier View Post
              ...which is why my CHL is issued by a different county than the one I work in.
              Same. I work for the state, and have a county permit just because I can.
              I make my living on Irish welfare.

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              • #8
                I let mine expire. We've got a lifetime license now, but I've not been bothered to get one. Probably should, just haven't.
                I miss you, Dave.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Rush817 View Post
                  I'm in Texas and I have a LTC. The main reason is when I go to buy a gun I can bypass the background check. Even as a LEO you have to jump through all those hoops when purchasing a firearm. The license is cheap and easy to get as a LEO.
                  That is exactly why I got mine when the concealed carry law first passed in 1996, which was before LEOSA came about. At that time, it also gave me more rights while traveling through or visiting other states, than my badge did.
                  If your biggest work-related fear is getting a paper cut, don't try and tell a cop how to do his job.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Rush817 View Post
                    I'm in Texas and I have a LTC. The main reason is when I go to buy a gun I can bypass the background check. Even as a LEO you have to jump through all those hoops when purchasing a firearm. The license is cheap and easy to get as a LEO.
                    Yep, I just picked up a new gun a couple of days ago, and the guy asked why I didn't have one, at least to not have to go through the check. Again, checks take minutes, which I don't mind, but I just don't want it known to everyone on the police radio, that I'm carrying. If the officer doesn't know, I'm not going to tell him.
                    Last edited by ftttu; 03-02-2016, 02:41 PM. Reason: Spelling

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by reils49 View Post
                      Same. I work for the state, and have a county permit just because I can.
                      The state issued me a state permit upon retirement. The actual size of the two part permit didn't allow you to carry it in a regular wallet. The state also made it annoying to purchase a new firearm.
                      I got my county permit and turned in the state permit.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Rettroop View Post
                        The state issued me a state permit upon retirement. The actual size of the two part permit didn't allow you to carry it in a regular wallet. The state also made it annoying to purchase a new firearm.
                        I got my county permit and turned in the state permit.
                        I feel so sorry for y'all up in the Northeast. Especially in retirement, the least amount of government, the better.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ftttu View Post
                          I feel so sorry for y'all up in the Northeast. Especially in retirement, the least amount of government, the better.
                          But in truth, we need to keep our "honorably retired LE officer" status every year with a qual course.

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                          • #14
                            The dept in my city revokes your CCW once you become sworn.

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                            • #15
                              In Iowa in order to buy a handgun you must have a permit to purchase ($10 a year)............

                              A permit to carry is $50 for 5 yrs then $25 for the next 5 yrs.....................It therefore is cheaper to have the carry permit.

                              Plus our agency doesn't charge cops or agency employees for the permits anyway.

                              Most officers/deputies get a state permit just because
                              Since some people need to be told by notes in crayon .......Don't PM me with without prior permission. If you can't discuss the situation in the open forum ----it must not be that important

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