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DC must let ex-prison guards pack heat, federal court rules

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Revmitchell, Jun 3, 2016.

  1. Revmitchell

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    Four former prison guards who were barred from carrying concealed guns despite a 2004 federal law that gave off-duty and retired law enforcement officers the right to pack heat won a landmark court victory on Thursday.

    In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington D.C. Circuit held that the city’s Department of Corrections improperly barred the men from carrying concealed firearms, saying the 2004 Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act guaranteed their right. The court rejected the city’s argument that the law does not apply to corrections officers because they lack arresting authority.

    “[Congress] left no discretion for a state to revise the historical record of an individual qualified law enforcement officer,” read the majority opinion.

    The law was intended to improve response to threats in public as well as to allow current and former law enforcement officers with at least 10 years’ experience the ability to protect themselves from criminals they may have had past dealings with. Although plaintiffs Robert Smith, Ronald DuBerry, Harold Bennette and Maurice Curtis all said they regularly received threats from inmates they once guarded, their applications for concealed-carry licenses were denied.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/06/0...ck-heat-federal-court-rules.html?intcmp=hpbt4
     
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    Wow, LEOSA is 12 years old?
     
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    Excellent decision. If there is anyone that needs to carry a weapon off duty, it is a correctioanal officer.
     
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    Why does that law only pertain to retired/off duty LEO's.
     
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    If there is anyone that needs to carry a firearm, it's a free man.
     
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    Because for once a bill's name and its contents seem to be related.
    :Biggrin

    It still baffles me that a license to drive a car or a same sex marriage license, neither actions which are mentioned in the Constitution, are valid across state lines, but my license allowing me to practice the 2nd Amendment isn't.
     
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