despp: Information Bulletin: Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004

   INFORMATION FOR RETIREES


 STATE OF CONNECTICUT

DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES AND PUBLIC PROTECTION

INFORMATION BULLETIN

 


On July 22, 2004, President George W. Bush signed into effect the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 (LEOSA). 1 This law substantially changed the rights of active and retired sworn law enforcement officers with regard to the carrying of concealed weapons throughout the United States.

Additionally, on January 4, 2011, President Barrack Obama signed into effect the:”Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act Improvement Act of 2010”2

This federal law states that:

Title 18 USC § 926C

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of the law of any State3 or any political subdivision thereof, an individual who is a qualified retired law enforcement officer and who is carrying the identification required by subsection (d) may carry a concealed firearm that has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce, subject to subsection (b).

Title 18 USC § 926(C) (b). Summarized;

Notwithstanding the general authority to carry firearms granted by LEOSA, this law also specifically recognizes the authority of private property owners and state and local governments to prohibit the carrying of concealed weapons on their property. In addition, a retired member carrying a firearm under this law should also verify and comply with any restrictions applicable to military and federal facilities and parks prior to attempting to enter such locations while in possession of a firearm.

To be in compliance with LEOSA, the retired member in question must carry a photo identification card issued by the Department when carrying a concealed weapon. To meet the federal requirements, a retirees’ identification card must either contain or be accompanied by a certification that the retiree has, within the previous twelve months, been tested, and met the standards established by the issuing agency for the training and qualifications required for active sworn law enforcement officers to carry a firearm. The provisions of LEOSA indicate that such certification shall be at the expense of the individual retiree. The law allows the concealment of handguns only and specifically excludes from its purview machineguns, silencers, and destructive devices.

As set forth in LEOSA, the Connecticut State Police will provide a training and qualification program only for (1) separated from service and/or retired Connecticut State Police Troopers and (2) separated from service and/or retired out-of-state police officers who currently reside in the State of Connecticut. 

The dates and times for retiree firearms training will be posted on the Retiree section of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Webpage.   All retirees must successfully complete the mandated training under the supervision of CSP FTU instructors; this includes the mandatory classroom training. 

An additional requirement under the new law is that the Department may only issue authorizations to carry concealed handguns to persons not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal law. As a condition of issuance of the authorization, the retiree’s fingerprints will be maintained by the Department and the authorization will be revoked at any time should the holder become ineligible to possess a firearm. 

State Police retirees who possess concealed handgun authorization may continue to use their current Connecticut permit to carry pistols or revolvers within Connecticut, as well as those states where reciprocity has been established.  The steps outlined within are only required for retirees who desire to take advantage of LEOSA.

Retired members are advised that the carrying of and use or misuse of firearms may carry the potential for personal civil and criminal liability. The State of Connecticut and the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection assume no liability by issuing this authorization.  Retired personnel are reminded that, as a retired Connecticut State Police trooper, they possess no official authority to act on behalf of the State of Connecticut or the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection in any law enforcement capacity whatsoever.  The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004, and the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act Improvements Act of 2010, provides no authority for anyone to act in the capacity of a law enforcement official.

1 (Public Law 108-277 codified at Title 18 USC §§ 926(B) and 926(C).

2 (Public Law 111-382, with a GAP of Public Law 111-350, Approved 1/4/2011

As used in this section, the term `qualified retired law enforcement officer' means an individual who—

(1)  separated from service in good standing from service with a public agency as a law enforcement officer, other than for reasons of mental instability;

(2)  before such separation, was authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution of, or the incarceration of any person for, any violation of law, and had statutory powers of arrest;

(3)  (A) before such separation, served as a law enforcement officer for an aggregate of 10 years or more; or (B) separated from service with such agency after completing any applicable probationary period of such service, due to a service-connected disability, as determined by such agency;

(4)  during the most recent 12-month period, has met, at the expense of the individual, the standards for qualification in firearms training for active law enforcement officers, as determined by the former agency of the individual, the State in which the individual resides or, if the State has not established such standards, either a law enforcement agency within the State in which the individual resides or the standards used by a certified firearms instructor that is qualified to conduct a firearms qualification test for active duty officers within that State;

(5)  (A) has not been officially found by a qualified medical professional employed by the agency to be unqualified for reasons relating to mental health and as a result of this finding will not be issued the photographic identification as described in subsection (d)(1); or

     (B) has not entered into an agreement with the agency from which the individual is separating from service in which that individual acknowledges he or she is not qualified under this section for reasons relating to mental health and for those reasons will not receive or accept the photographic identification as described in subsection (d)(1);

(6)  is not under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicating or hallucinatory drug or substance; and

(7) is not prohibited by Federal law from receiving a firearm.

(d) The identification required by this subsection is--

   (1) a photographic identification issued by the agency from which the individual separated from service as a law enforcement officer that indicates that the individual has, not less recently than one year before the date the individual is carrying the concealed firearm, been tested or otherwise found by the agency to meet the active duty standards for qualification in firearms training as established by the agency to carry a firearm of the same type as the concealed firearm; or

   (2) (A) a photographic identification issued by the agency from which the individual separated from service as a law enforcement officer; and

      (B) a certification issued by the State in which the individual resides or by a certified firearms instructor that is qualified to conduct a firearms qualification test for active duty officers within that State that indicates that the individual has, not less than 1 year before the date the individual is carrying the concealed firearm, been tested or otherwise found by the State or a certified firearms instructor that is qualified to conduct a firearms qualification test for active duty officers within that State to have met--

         (I) the active duty standards for qualification in firearms training, as established by the State, to carry a firearm of the same type as the concealed firearm; or

         (II) if the State has not established such standards, standards set by any law enforcement agency within that State to carry a firearm of the same type as the concealed firearm.

(e) As used in this section--

   (1) the term "firearm"--

      (A) except as provided in this paragraph, has the same meaning as in section 921 of this title [18 USCS § 921];

      (B) includes ammunition not expressly prohibited by Federal law or subject to the provisions of the National Firearms Act [26 USCS §§ 5801 et seq.]; and

      (C) does not include--

         (i) any machinegun (as defined in section 5845 of the National Firearms Act [26 USCS § 5845]);

         (ii) any firearm silencer (as defined in section 921 of this title [18 USCS § 921]); and

         (iii) any destructive device (as defined in section 921 of this title [18 USCS § 921]); and

   (2) the term "service with a public agency as a law enforcement officer" includes service as a law enforcement officer of the Amtrak Police Department, service as a law enforcement officer of the Federal Reserve, or service as a law enforcement or police officer of the executive branch of the Federal Government.

    Title 18 USC § 921 defines the term “state” to include the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and all US possessions excluding the Panama Canal Zone.


  Retiree Concealed Handgun Carry Authorization Application
  
  Release & Indemnification, Firearms Training


Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act 2004

The Connecticut State Police Firearms Training Unit will conduct training sessions

for retired CSP and retired out-of-state police officers now residing in Connecticut, on the following dates:


No alternative dates will be allowed and all training is mandatory which includes classroom and the firearms qualification.


 



HR218 Fall Dates 2017


Location: Simsbury State Police Range

   100 Nod Rd Simsbury, CT


October 2 

October 3
October 4

October 5

October 6


9:00 am or 1:00 pm

Please contact

Sam 860-685-8121  

 Imisa 860-685-8011 

to set up an appointment

 

 

 
 


 

No ammunition is allowed in the class room. 

Qualification will be conducted using the holster that you will be carrying your firearm in.


 

There is a maximum of 15 people per session.  You will be allowed to qualify with one (1) handgun on your assigned qualification date. Attendees will provide their own eye and ear (hearing) protection. On the date you are scheduled to qualify for your initial certification, YOU MUST BRING THE FOLLOWING:

First-time qualifying individuals who desire the authority provided by LEOSA to carry a concealed firearm nationwide must:

  1. Completed application.  Bring original with you.  Mail or fax (860) 685-8644, a copy to the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit. Attn:  LEOSA Administrator. (Submit copy to SLFU no later than one (1) month prior to range date)
  2. Retired or separated from service out-of-state police officers, now residing in Connecticut, MUST provide a notarized affidavit from their police department indicating compliance with LEOSA as a qualified retired or separated from service law enforcement officer in "Good Standing”.
  3. Retired or separated from service Connecticut Troopers qualifying for the first time must bring their letter of "Good Standing" from DESPP Human Resources Unit, 860-685-8200. (Request no later than one (1) month prior to range date)
  4. Completed fingerprint card (state card).
  5. Completed “Release and Indemnification” form.
  6. Ammunition as described below, with your own eye and hearing protection.
  7. Valid State of Connecticut Pistol Permit is mandatory.  You must bring it with you.

If you are attending for recertification, YOU MUST:

  1. Completed application.  Bring original with you.  Mail or fax (860) 685-8644, a copy to the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit. Attn:  LEOSA Administrator.  (Submit copy to SLFU no later than one (1) month prior to range date)
  2. Bring your current retiree I.D. Card.
  3. Complete a " Release and Indemnification" form
  4. Ammunition as described below, with your own eye and hearing protection.
  5. Valid State of Connecticut Pistol Permit is mandatory.  You must bring it with you.

    Whether for initial certification or re-certification, once you successfully complete the program, which includes mandatory classroom in-service, you will be provided with a photo identification and certificate indicating your compliance with LEOSA with the make, model, serial number of the handgun with which you qualified.  Both of these documents are valid for one year.

No alternative dates will be allowed and all training is mandatory which includes classroom and the firearms qualification.



You will receive no notification regarding the expiration of your credentials.  It is your responsibility to attend recertification training next year.


The following handguns are approved for this program:

Qualification will be conducted using the holster that you will be carrying your firearm in.

Pistols:  double-action or SINGLE-ACTION SEMI-AUTO PISTOLS

Caliber : .380, .40, .45ACP, .357 SIG, 9mm and 10mm

Revolvers: double-action revolvers. NO SINGLE ACTION REVOLVERS

Caliber  : .38, .357, 9mm and .45ACP    

All handguns will be inspected by CSP FTU personnel to ensure they meet manufacturers specifications.  Mechanical and/or safety defects will result in the firearm being rejected.  Only “factory” ammunition (ie., Remington, Federal, Winchester, CCI, etc…) will be utilized for qualification and that same ammunition will be carried in the handgun upon successful completion of the program. No re-loads or hand-loaded ammunition is allowed.  Each attendee will need a minimum of 100 rds. of ammunition for his/her handgun. The assessment course requires each attendee to fire two (2) consecutive qualification runs of 80% or better, to establish proficiency with consistency. (Each run is 33 rds., 4 points/round) the shooter cannot miss more than seven rounds per relay.

If you are qualifying with a semi-auto pistol, in addition to ammunition you will need:

  1. Minimum of two (2) magazines for the pistol
  2. Magazine pouch
  3. Holster for the pistol which has a retention device (ie., hammer strap, internal tension device). For safety, no cheap nylon or leather, inside-the-pants holsters.  Contact the FTU if you are not sure about the suitability of your equipment
  4. Eye and hearing protection.

If you are qualifying with a revolver, in addition to ammunition you will need:

  1. Minimum of two (2) speed-loaders for the revolver. No loading of loose rounds from pocket.
  2. Speed-loader pouch
  3. Holster for the revolver which has a retention device (ie., hammer strap, internal tension device). For safety, no cheap nylon or leather, inside-the-pants holsters.  Contact the FTU if you are not sure about the suitability of your equipment.  Eye and hearing protection.

Appropriate clothing should be worn, long pants, long sleeve shirt, hat with brim, sturdy footwear, etc…. Shorts, sandals, dress shoes, bare feet are not allowed. Any unsafe behavior or violation of safety rules will result in immediate dismissal from the program.


33 Round Assessment Course

  1. Participants will fire multiple rounds from the 3, 5, 7, 15 & 25 yd. line. They will demonstrate proper safety procedures while drawing, holstering, reloading, etc…
    Proper cover will be utilized.
  2. Standard CSP PQC targets (2) will be utilized.
  3. Participants will be required to fire two (2) consecutive qualification runs of 80% or better.
  4. Failure to meet this minimum qualification and/or  demonstration of unsafe gun handling, will disqualify the participant for certification.
  5. The participant may return on a future date and attempt to qualify again.  It will not be necessary for the participant to attend the classroom training.




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