Under a new federal law, retired police officers with at least 15 years’ experience should be able to carry a concealed handgun in any state. But Texas and many other states have not set up a procedure for retirees to obtain the handgun certification required by the federal Law Enforcement Safety Act of 2004, says the Dallas Morning News. While law enforcement agencies could provide that for their retired officers, many refuse, saying there are too many unanswered questions about the agencies’ responsibilities and liability.
Craig Ferrell Jr., deputy director of the Houston Police Department, says, “This is a national right-to-carry law, but it’s going to allow the states to set their own standards.” The Law Enforcement Safety Act requires local law enforcement agencies to provide retirees with photo identification cards indicating that the officer retired in good standing. Officers must demonstrate that they have been tested and meet the same standards as active law enforcement officers to carry a handgun. Representatives ofthe Texas attorney general’s office and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) are working together to determine the commission’s role.