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Rep. Bacon Introduces LEOSA Reform Act

Washington, DC, February 13, 2019

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:

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

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

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9. The National Sheriffs Association (NSA)

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