The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) is a United States federal law, enacted in 2004, that allows two classes of persons: the “qualified law enforcement officer” and the “qualified retired law enforcement officer”to carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with certain exceptions. The law did not limit or change an officer’s authority within their own state or jurisdiction from carrying or to where a firearm is carried “off duty” or “on duty” under their own state law.
The law and its amendments
Whether or not a person is privileged by the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA) of 2004 and its amendments in 2010 and 2013 to carry a concealed firearm depends on whether or not he or she meets the federal definitions for either a “qualified law enforcement officer” or a “qualified retired law enforcement officer.” If a person meets the criteria, then “notwithstanding any other provision of the law of any State or any political subdivision thereof”he or she may carry a concealed firearm in any state or political subdivision thereof As a result, an individual who qualifies under LEOSA does not require a state-issued permit for carrying a concealed firearm. The privilege specifically does not extend to machine guns, destructive devices, or silencers.
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