Rep. Bacon Introduces LEOSA Reform Act

February 13, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) introduced H.R. 1156, the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) Reform Act. After its introduction, Rep. Bacon hosted a press conference with the leading original cosponsors and supporting organizations, on the need for this critical piece of legislation.

The LEOSA Reform Act expands the LEOSA exemption to allow qualified active and retired law enforcement officers to carry firearms on state, local, and private property otherwise open to the public; in national parks; of magazines not prohibited by federal law; and in Federal security level I or II public access facilities. This legislation would also allow for these qualified professionals to carry on Gun Free School Zones and reforms qualification standards to alleviate undue burdens which currently exist.

“The core of the LEOSA Reform Act is about responsibility—a responsibility to provide greater public safety for law enforcement and our communities at home.  Many of us know, an officer’s call to protect and serve extends far beyond the sworn duties of their official capacities.  Unfortunately, our officers are facing greater and greater dangers, and current restrictions hinder their ability to carry firearms in a capacity that is safest for them and the public.  It is the responsibility of Congress to provide greater public safety for law enforcement and our communities, and this bill does just that.” 

The original cosponsors of this bill are:

Rep. Pete Stauber (MN-08)

Rep. John Rutherford (FL-04)

The supporting organizations are:

1. FileThe Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI (SFSAFBI)

2. PDF iconThe Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA)

3. PDF iconThe National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO)

4. PDF iconThe Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)

5. The Association of Former Agents of the United States Secret Service (AFAUSSS)​

6. PDF iconThe FBI Agents Association (FBIAA)

7. The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)

8. PDF iconThe Sergeants Benevolent Association of the New York City Police Department (NYPD SBA)

9. The National Sheriffs Association (NSA)

10. PDF iconThe Port Authority Retired Police Association of New York and New Jersey (PARPA NY-NJ)

11. PDF iconThe San Francisco Veteran Police Officers Association (SFVPOA)

12. PDF iconThe ATF Association (ATFA)

13. PDF iconThe FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA)