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    Retired law enforcement officers qualifying for national gun permits
    National permit allows them to carry weapons

    SUNRISE - For some retired law enforcement officers, the sense of duty hasn't faded.

    On Saturday morning, 40 retired officers -- many of them New York Police Department retirees -- completed a shooting course at the Markham Park gun range to qualify for a relatively new kind of concealed weapons permit that is honored nationwide.

    The aim of the national program is to get the retirees to demonstrate that they can still handle a gun so that they may legally carry one almost anywhere and be ready to act if they happen upon a violent crime.

    The Broward Sheriff's Office hosted the tests and has planned additional sessions at the park on Aug. 16 and Nov. 15.

    Retired New York Police Office Alan Rich, 72, was among the students Saturday morning. He said he spent most of his career as a detective in Brooklyn.

    "I haven't carried my gun in 31 years, since I retired," Rich said, beaming as he passed the 40-round course using his Glock 38.

    The course is the same required for active law enforcement officers statewide.

    Florida lawmakers in 2007 approved the course as a means to qualifying retirees for the concealed weapons permit. In 2004, Congress passed a law creating the permit and leaving it up to each state to decide how to qualify retirees, including former federal agents.

    Though other local law enforcement agencies are offering the shooting course only to their retirees, the Sheriff's Office program is open to retirees from any agency as long as they live in Broward.

    "It was something we felt we needed to do," said sheriff's spokesman Jim Leljedal.

    Registration forms and other information about the Sheriff's Office program are available at www.sheriff.org and by calling 954-831-8900.

    Wasn't exactly sure of what forum to put this in..

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    Its called the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act, otherwise known as HB218.
    Signed into law by President Bush in 2004, it allows ALL law enforcement officers, both active and retired, to carry anywhere in the United States, with specific exceptions clearly spelled out.
    I'm sure someone will post a link.
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    • #3
      But it has to be authorized by the specific dept. that one retired from which is all this is. a local test of proficiency that his ex dept. decided to institute.


      • #4
        Please don't tell me that there is a single officer in the country who doesn't know how LEOSA works. There might be, though, because there are some lops out there who just don't care about guns and would just as soon not even carry on duty.
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