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Law Lets Certified Troops Carry Concealed Handguns

July 28, 2015

Law Lets Certified Troops Carry Concealed Handguns

Even as the debate rages about whether, where and when service members should be allowed to carry weapons, some troops already are permitted to carry concealed handguns even if their state does not have a concealed-carry law.

The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004, a little-known federal law extended to apply to military personnel in 2013, already gives credentialed troops, in addition to military police, authority to carry weapons while off-duty in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to a U.S. military official. The law is designed to give some service members who have another day job, such as National Guard or Reserve members who work in law enforcement, the ability to carry personal weapons to their next location without violating other Pentagon directives or federal laws.

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Law Lets Certified Troops Carry Concealed Handguns

Even as the debate rages about whether, where and when service members should be allowed to carry weapons, some troops already are permitted to carry concealed handguns even if their state does not have a concealed-carry law.

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