has secured a victory in the signing of The Law Enforcement Officers
Safety Act Improvements Act of 2010 (S. 1132)
into public law.
October, 12, 2010, President Obama signed into law S. 1132, The
Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act Improvements Act of 2010. NAPO’s
President Tommy Nee and Executive Director Bill Johnson worked to
get this bill passed and signed into law. Tommy Nee will be receiving
the pen used by the President to sign the bill in recognition of
NAPO’s work getting this bill passed and signed into public law.
1992, NAPO has fought to ensure the ability of off duty and retired
officers to carry their firearm when traveling across state lines.
In 2002 and 2004, NAPO’s Executive Director Bill Johnson submitted
testimony before both House and Senate committees on behalf of this
legislation. Throughout the 110th and 111th
Congresses NAPO worked hard for passage of this key legislation.
Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act Improvements reduces the number
of years a retired or separated law enforcement officer has had
to serve in order to qualify to carry, from 15 years to an aggregate
of 10 years or more. S. 1132 also includes Amtrak Police Department,
Federal Reserve, and law enforcement or police officers of the executive
branch as qualified law enforcement officers eligible to carry concealed
firearms. The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act Improvements also
designate new qualification procedures that will make the process
easier for a retired or separated law enforcement officer to meet
the requirements of firearms training. Firearms certification will
be allowed to be in accordance with the standards of the officer’s
former agency, the state where the officer resides and, if there
are not state training standards, then the standards established
by a law enforcement agency within the state or by a certified firearms
instructor will suffice.
firmly believes that S. 1132 will help to ensure that all qualified
off-duty and retired or separated officers across the nation will
be able to carry firearms for the protection of themselves, their
families and our nation’s communities. We will continue to work
to protect law enforcement officers’ rights.