Court Rules Cops Can Carry Guns ... Nationwide"A ruling on a case from South Dakota -- where off-duty law enforcement officers were criminally charged for carrying guns despite the authority to do so under the federal 'Law Enforcement Officer's Safety Act of 2004' (LEOSA) -- has confirmed that all qualified off-duty and retired law enforcement are allowed, by federal law, to carry a concealed gun for personal self-defense irrespective of state law.
The local prosecutor's apparent effort to challenge the federal law, and send a message to all in law enforcement not to carry a gun for self-defense in South Dakota, was soundly rejected! Thankfully, after careful review, the gun charges against the officers were dismissed. "The Judge's crystal clear and unambiguous legal opinion should be required reading for every prosecutor in the nation so that no other law enforcement professionals, active or retired, have to endure what those officers and agents have endured in South Dakota," declared Carl Rowan, LEAA's Vice President.
Robert Van Norman and Kenneth Orrock, Attorneys for the officers, said "We are pleased with the court's decision, as it reaffirms the intent of the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act and in effect will protect law enforcement officers and our communities. The law enforcement community should find comfort that LEOSA has been properly applied in this case."
See now, that's what we need. A Regular-Gal & Guy-Safety-Act that affords us the same courtesy as is given the hired help. After all, CCW licensees commit fewer criminal acts than do sworn peace officers, so there'd be less chance of scalawag goings on if we were treated as equal as them. And since bad guys and gals attack regular gals and guys lots more than they do the cops, it's sort of a DUHHHHH situation, you see.
You say we already HAVE a regular-guys & dolls safety thingamabob, and it's called the Constitution?
Thanks to Of Arms and the Law for the link.