In my practice of representing federal, state and local law enforcement officers and supervisors, the issues associated with the Law Enforcement Safety Officers Act of 2004 (LEOSA) come up fairly regularly. Sometimes they involve active duty members (typically related to off duty events) or law enforcement retirees and the process they must endure for certification under LEOSA.
In any event, it appears that the LEOSA Improvements Act of 2010 (LEOSA 2010) is still on track. LEOSA 2010 passed the U.S. Senate with wide support on May 13, 2010 (Senate Bill 1132) and was then referred to the U.S. House of Representatives on July 26, 2010. In particular, the legislation was referred to the House Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
The changes in the new legislation focus on amendments to the original LEOSA legislation. The purpose of LEOSA 2010 is to amend the existing law “to refine the eligibility requirements and procedures by which active and retired law enforcement officers obtain certification to carry concealed firearms across State lines.” Summary, S. Bill 1132. It is hoped that the legislation will continue to move forward to enhance the changes first made in 2004.