Congress adjourned for midterm elections, the House approved the
Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act Improvements Act of 2010 (S.
is an important victory for NAPO. Since this legislations inception,
NAPO has lobbied countless hours for the passage of this bill into
law. As far back as 2004, NAPOís Executive Director William Johnson
testified before the House Subcommittee On
Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Through the 110th
and 111th Congress, NAPO has worked hard for passage
of this key legislation.
reported in May of this year the Senate passed S.1132 by Unanimous
Consent. This legislation will reduce the number of years a retired
or separated law enforcement officer has had to serve in order to
qualify to carry, from 15 years to an aggregate of 10 years or more.†
Additionally, The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act Improvements
also designate new qualification procedures that will make the process
easier for a retired or separated law enforcement officer to meet
the requirements of firearms training.
September 29, 2010, the House of Representatives agreed by voice
vote to pass the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act Improvements
Act of 2010. S.1132 is being sent over for the President to
sign into public law.
firmly believes that S.1132 will help to ensure that all qualified
off-duty and retired or separated officers across the nation will
be able to carry firearms for the protection of themselves, their
families and our nationís communities.