• HR 218 Certification

  • Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA) HR 218


    On July 22, 2004, the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004, also commonly called "HR 218", became law.  This federal law allows a Qualified Retired Law Enforcement Officer with identification that meets specified criteria to carry a concerned firearm anywhere in the nation, notwithstanding most other state and local laws which restrict the possession of a concealed weapons. 

    In order to be a Qualified Retired Law Enforcement Officer under HR 218, you must be retired in good standing from his or her employing agency (other than for reasons of mental instability); was authorized to perform the specified law enforcement functions and held a position for which powers of arrest were granted by statute; was regularly employed as a law enforcement officer for an aggregate of 10 years or more before his or her retirement, or retired from service with his or her agency.

    One of the most significant modifications to HR 218, involves firearms qualification by the officer who is now referred to as having been "separated from service".  The 2004 law required that to be a "qualified retired" officer, one had to show proof that he or she had, during the past 12 months, met the standards of their agency required of active law enforcement officers, or met the state standards established by the state in which they resided.

    Prestigious Investigative Firearms Training Facility is certified by the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services to conduct firearms qualifications for Qualified Retired Law Enforcement Officers.

    Upon completion of your firearms qualification, you will be issued a certification card indicating that, "The person whose name, description with photo I.D, that appears on the front of this card is authorized to carry a concealed weapon as permitted by C.P.C. 1207, and has met the requirements as a "Qualified Retired Law Enforcement Officer", pursuant to U.S. Title 18, 44 USC 926C."