Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) applauded the House of Representatives’ decision to pass the Senate companion version (S. 1132) of his Law Enforcement Officers Safety Improvements Act of 2009 (H.R. 3752). The bill passed the House of Representatives last night by voice vote. Congressman Forbes introduced the bill last year, and the bill will now be sent to the President for his signature before becoming law.
“This bill takes great strides in the improvement of the safety of retired law enforcement officers and the public at large. The bill will ensure that retired law enforcement officers have the capability to protect themselves and their families from former criminals that they may have encountered in the past. And just as important, this bill will permit these trained retired officers to respond to public safety threats that can arise at anytime, anyplace,” said Forbes.
The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act Improvements Act will improve current laws that permit qualified retired law enforcement officers to carry concealed firearms. Currently, retired law enforcement officers are forced to navigate a burdensome and complex certification process in order to carry concealed weapons. Some states have even exploited loopholes in refusing to issue the required documentation for retired officers.
The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act Improvements Act will cut through the bureaucratic red tape and expand certification options for retired law enforcement officers to meet the firearms training requirements. The bill would allow law enforcement officers who are retired or who separated in good standing after at least ten years of service to carry a concealed weapon.
“It just makes commonsense that qualified, retired law enforcement officers should carry concealed firearms as a matter of public and personal safety, regardless of whether they are off-duty or across state lines. I am pleased that Congress has made this legislation a priority,” said Forbes.
The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act Improvements Act has been endorsed by the National Fraternal Order of Police and the National Rifle Association.
Congressman Forbes is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and former Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.