Can Retired Police Carry A Gun And Badge?

Concealed Carry

According to the NRA, the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA), allows retired officers to carry concealed weapons after retirement in any U.S. State or territory. However, there are a few caveats to this rule, and officers should apply for special LEOSA photographic identification first, and take the pre-requisite firearms test.

Although the concealed carry law applies regardless of which state the ex-officer is in — there are places where an ex-cop can be told to put the gun down. Any person can refuse a retired officer the right to carry a gun on their private property for example, and LEOSA rules do not apply to common gun-free zones such as schools and national parks. Carriers must pay attention to such restrictions, which are often in place in federal government buildings. Flying with a gun is also a big no-no — and applies as much to retired officers as it does to everyone else.

Cops who have gone over to the dark side — also waive their rights under LEOSA. Anybody convicted of a criminal offense punishable by a year or more in jail, cannot carry, nor can anybody subject to a court order for stalking or harassing and threatening an intimate partner or child. Other common prohibitions that limit gun ownership rights — such as mental illness, and being high on illicit substances, naturally, still apply to ex-police officers.

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