218, the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), (30) which created a general nationwide recognition that the public is better served by allowing law enforcement officers to carry their firearms outside of their jurisdictions whether they are on or off duty.
LEOSA applies to qualified active duty and retired officers.
LEOSA does not give qualified officers any special enforcement or arrest authority or immunity.
Qualified officers may use LEOSA only as an affirmative defense if prosecuted.
LEOSA allows qualifying officers to carry concealed firearms, but, at the same time, limits what qualifies as a firearm.
LEOSA exempts qualified officers from state laws limiting or prohibiting the carrying of concealed weapons.
Federal laws or regulations are not superseded by LEOSA. Qualified officers may not carry concealed weapons onto aircraft under the act.
It is unclear whether LEOSA overrides an agency's ability to limit an officer's authority to carry a personally owned handgun off duty as part of off-duty restriction policies.
LEOSA, as noted above, does not confer a right to bear arms.
1751, the Court Security Improvement Act of 2006, with similar LEOSA provisions and passed that measure.
735), and the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2007 (LEOSA; S.