What is LEOSA?
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The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) is a United States federal law, enacted in 2004, that allows two classes of persons - the "qualified law enforcement officer" and the "qualified retired or separated law enforcement officer" - to carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States or United States Territories, regardless of state or local laws, with certain exceptions.
If a person meets the criteria, "notwithstanding any provisions of the law of any state or any political subdivision thereof" he or she may carry a concealed firearm in that state or political subdivision. An individual who qualifies under LEOSA does not require a state-issued permit to carry a concealed firearm.
The privilege specifically does not extend to machine guns, destructive devices, or silencers.
Although LEOSA preempts state and local laws, there are two exceptions: The laws of that state
- Permit private persons or entities to prohibit or restrict the possession of concealed firearms on their property (such as bars, private clubs, amusement parks, etc.)
- Prohibit or restrict the possession of firearms on any state or local government property, installation, building, base, or park.
This credential does not grant the bearer any authority to act on the agency's (U.S. Army) behalf or to exercise any law enforcement authority, when off duty.
Individuals must also obey any federal laws and agency policies that restrict the carrying of concealed firearms in certain federal buildings and lands, as well as federal regulations prohibiting the carriage of firearms on airplanes.
In 2013, LEOSA was again amended by the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013, which clarified that military police officers and civilian police officers employed by the U.S. Government met the definitions in the original Act.
- The definitions of "qualified active" and "qualified retired or separated" law enforcement officer include the term "police officers" and expanded the powers of arrest requirement definition to include those who have or had the authority to "apprehend" suspects under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
The LEOSA Act provides for two different categories of LEOSA credentials, 926B and 926C. The qualifications for each of the categories are shown below.
926B - Qualified Actively Serving
- Is authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution of, or the incarceration of any person for, any violation of law.
- Has statutory powers of arrest or authority to apprehend pursuant to section 807(b) of Title 10, United States Code (also known as Article 7(b) of the UCMJ).
- Is authorized by the organization to carry a firearm.
- Is not the subject of any disciplinary action by the organization that could result in suspension or loss of police powers.
- Meets the organization's standards, if any, which require the employee to regularly qualify in the use of a firearm of the same type (e.g., revolver or semiautomatic pistol) as the concealed firearm
- Is not under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicating or hallucinatory drug or substance.
- Is not prohibited by federal law from receiving a firearm.
926C - Qualified Retired and Separated
- Be separated in good standing from service with the DoD component (U.S. Army) as a law enforcement officer.
- Before separation, have been authorized to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution, or the incarceration of any person for any violation of law.
- Before separation had statutory powers of arrest or authority to apprehend pursuant to section 807(b) of Title 10, United States Code (also known as Article 7(b) of the UCMJ).
- Before separation, or retraining into a new career field (Actively Serving but without apprehension authority), have served as a law enforcement officer for an aggregate of 10 years or more, or separated from service with the DoD component (U.S. Army), after completing any applicable probationary period of service, due to a service-connected disability, as determined by that component.
- To carry concealed, during the most recent 12-month period, (1) met the State's standards for training and qualification to carry a firearm for active law enforcement officers in that state for the same type of weapon as the concealed, (2) qualify using the States LEOSA firearms qualification course, or (3) if the State has not established law enforcement officer firearms qualification standard the instructor will certify the officer has completed the U.S. Army SF handgun qualification course conducted by a state certified civilian firearms instructor using the member's privately owned firearm and personally procured ammunition.
- NOTE 1: With the exception of active U.S. Army firearms training, all firearms qualification courses must be taught by certified firearms instructor through the National Rifle Association, American Association of Certified Firearms Instructors, or be qualified to conduct a firearms qualification test for active duty law enforcement officers within that state.
- NOTE 2: When carrying concealed the proof of firearms certification cannot be older than 12 months at all times.
- Have not entered into an agreement with the DoD component (U.S. Army) from which the individual is separated from service acknowledges he or she is not qualified under section 926C for reasons relating to mental health.
- NOTE 3: There is no requirement for a mental health examination for separating or separated law enforcement officers seeking a LEOSA identification card.
- Have not been officially found by a qualified medical professional employed by the DoD component to be unqualified for reasons of mental health.
- Not be prohibited by federal law from receiving a firearm.
- Agree that while armed, will not be under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicating or hallucinatory drug or substance.
How Can I Apply?
To begin your application process, you must create a LEOSA application online account using this site. This can be done using the "Login" menu located at the top of the page. Once you have created your account, you can follow the instructions listed in the "Checklist" menu, also located at the top of the page. The checklist will provide you with all of the necessary information to successfully complete the LEOSA application. The online portion of the application will allow you to pay the LEOSA application fee, as well as upload the required passport photo needed to complete the application process. The remainder of the process will involve filling out all the necessary forms, and mailing your completed LEOSA application package to the address listed on the forms.
All applications will require that you create an online account, and submit your passport photo through this site. However, the remainder of the steps may differ depending upon which type of application you are submitting. The "Who Qualifies" section above will help you to choose the application that you should submit. There is a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page that may help you answer any questions related to the LEOSA application process. This page can be reached by using the FAQ menu at the top of this page.
Before beginning your application, please visit the "Checklist" menu and carefully read through all of the required information. This will help you make sure you have all the required information and forms needed to process your application successfully. Incomplete or incorrect applications will result in your application being returned for corrections. If returned for corrections, you will have 60 days to correct and/or resubmit any missing or incorrectly filled out documents.
By using or accessing this website and/or purchasing a product or services offered on this website, you agree with the terms and conditions in this disclaimer. The intent of this website is to provide the user information and to assist the user in obtaining a LEOSA Credential. Defense Consulting Services, LLC earns and is due the fee stated in the website by providing the user with an application and identifying the documents that the user must submit to Defense Consulting Services, LLC in order for Defense Consulting Services, LLC to submit the application and supporting documents to the applicable governing body for consideration. Defense Consulting Services, LLC does not warrant or guarantee that the applicable governing body will approve the application nor that a LEOSA Credential will be issued. IT IS EXPRESSLY AGREED THAT IT IS NOT A GROUND FOR A REFUND OF THE FEE IF THE APPLICATION IS DENIED.
When you are ready to create your account and submit your application, you can use the "Apply Now" button below.