Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act, Public Law 108-277 and Public Law 111-272
Codified 18 USC 926B, 926C

On July 22, 2004, President George W. Bush signed House Resolution 218 (HR 218), the "Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act," into law. This act, which officially became Public Law 108-277, went into effect immediately. This bill exempts qualified active and retired law enforcement officers from local and State prohibition on the carrying of concealed firearms.

On September 29, 2010, The U.S. House of Representatives, passed S. 1132. This bill amends the current Public Law 108-277 with positive changes --especially provisions for retired officers. The bill also covers ammunition which was not covered in the original LEOSA bill. It also makes it easier for retiree to do the yearly qualifications. On October 12, 2010, President Barack H. Obama signed S. 1132, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Safety Act,” into law. The Act, now Public Law 111-272, went into effect immediately. Since then amendments may have been added, regardless, the latest codified USC 18, section 926B (active law enforcement) and section 926C (retired law enforcement) can always be seen and printed from this link Latest LEOSA (USC 18 - s926B and C)

In this section, you will find HR 218 and related issues regarding the law and also the challenges. Please also check our legislative news and activities under the "Legislative" section.

Latest LEOSA (USC 18 - s926B and C)

Senate Bill 1132  Read the Act Here

PL 111-272 Read the Law Here

PL 108-277 Read the Law Here

BOP Statutory Arrest Authority

Revised NY Penal Code re: Sensitive Location

(See page 9 highlighted for exemptions for LEOSA)


Revised Q & A re: HR 218

U. S. Attorney General Guidance Memo

ATF Memo re: High Capacity Magazines

Caselaw concerning 18 USC 926B (LEOSA)

       FLEOA-FOP vs New Jersey (2022)
       FLEOA-FOP vs NJ Judges Opinion (2022)
       NY vs Rodriguez (2006)
       NY vs Booth (2008)
       South Dakota vs Ronald Smith

       Duberry et al vs DC (2016)
       Duberry et al vs DC (2018)

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