The confusion with concealed carry

What law enforcement needs to know about the LEOSA Improvements Act


   The Brady Campaign has noted figures concerning public opinion on concealed carry in its comment on other concealed carry legislative pushes. The organization has also characterized laws that strip states of "the authority to prohibit out-of-state residents from carrying concealed handguns within its borders" as "extreme," adding that "for most Americans this means stopping ... efforts to have more people carrying loaded guns in more public places."

Moving forward

   However a hotly debated issue firearms carry is, police must both carry the weapons and confront them as a part of the job. LEOSA as a law provides for law enforcement officers to carry a concealed gun, granted they meet the provisions outlined in the current H.R. 218 version. What that version lacks in clarification on liability, eligibility and definitions, it is hoped the proposed amendments will remedy. "All legislation ends up having some remedial work done on it; that's relatively common, including the Constitution," Conte adds. "That's why we have the Bill of Rights."

   The last action on the Senate version of the Improvements Act 2009, S. 1132, was that it was reported out of the judiciary committee in March, which is a big step forward for the bill, Conte says. While LEOSA 2004 is the current law, the Improvement Act has yet to be approved nationally. When you're dealing with federal legislation, patience is the name of the game.

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