August 9, 2004
WHEREAS, After continuous lobbying by this Association for more than twelve years and thirteen sessions of Congress, law enforcement officers have finally won the right to carry their concealed firearms nationwide;
WHEREAS, The legislation granting this right, H.R. 218 by Representative Randy “Duke” Cunningham of California, has passed the Congress and been signed into law by the President of the United States;
WHEREAS, This new law, the “Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act,” sets requirements defining which active and retired officers are qualified to carry a concealed firearm under the law;
WHEREAS, The law states that retired officers, to be qualified to carry a concealed firearm under the law, must be found by either the agency from which they retired or the state in which they now reside to meet that agency’s or state’s training and qualification requirements for current active officers;
WHEREAS, The law is silent as to when such states and agencies must begin to test or otherwise certify retired officers to be in compliance with the applicable standards;
WHEREAS, Each day of further delay places the officers, their families, and their communities at continued risk of harm or victimization;
THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED, that NAPO calls upon each state to be mandated, whether by federal or state law, to immediately place into operation all procedures necessary to test or otherwise certify retired officers to be in compliance with this important new law.
THEREFORE LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED, that NAPO supports efforts at every level of government to implement the plain meaning and intent of this law, which is to ensure and safeguard the right of active and retired law enforcement officers to protect themselves and others through the lawful carrying of a concealed firearm.