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LEOSA aka HR218

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act
(LEOSA) aka HR218

WNYHR218 and Criminal Justice Professionals Training and Consulting, LLC have partnered to offer The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218, allows qualified Law Enforcement officers (LEOs) and qualified retired LEOs (RLEOs) to concealed carry in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. It was enacted in 2004 and amended in 2010 and 2013. 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C  Therefore, an individual who qualifies under LEOSA does not need a state-issued concealed carry permit in order to carry a concealed firearm in any state.

Who Is a Qualified Law Enforcement Officer (QLEO)?

LEOSA/HR 218 applies to employees of governmental agencies who:

  • Are authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, prosecution of or the incarceration of any person for any violation of law, and has statutory powers of arrest or apprehension under 10 U.S. Code § 807, (article 7(b) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice);

  • Are authorized by the agency to carry a firearm;

  • Are not the subject of any disciplinary action by the agency which could result in suspension or loss of police powers;

  • Meet standards, if any, established by the agency which require the employee to regularly qualify in the use of a firearm;

  • Are not under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicating or hallucinatory drug or substance; and

  • Are not prohibited by federal law from receiving a firearm.

It is not enough to be a QLEO, see the photographic identification & firearms qualification section below.

Who Is a Qualified Retired Law Enforcement Officer (QRLEO)?

In addition to the qualifications above, a qualified retired LEO must have:

  • Separated from service in good standing with a public agency as an LEO;

  • Served as an LEO for an aggregate of 10 years or more, or separated from service after completing any applicable probationary period due to a service-connected disability, as determined by the agency;

  • During the most recent 12-month period, met, at the expense of the individual, the standards for qualification in firearms training for active LEOs, as determined by the former agency of the individual, the state in which the individual resides or, if the state has not established such standards, either a law enforcement agency within the state in which the individual resides or the standards used by a certified firearms instructor that is qualified to conduct a firearms qualification test for active duty officers within that state; and

  • Has not been officially found by a qualified medical professional employed by the agency to be unqualified for reasons relating to mental health or has not entered into an agreement with the agency from which the individual is separating from service in which that individual acknowledges he or she is not qualified under this section for reasons relating to mental health.

It is not enough to be a QRLEO, see the photographic identification & firearms qualification section in FAQ.

It should be noted that for retirees carrying under LEOSA, the federal law grants you NO enforcement authority. You are merely a citizen with a nationwide concealed carry permit.

Although this list is not exhaustive, qualified officers include those that are employed by or have retired or been separated from the following agencies:

  • LEOs employed by public agencies;

  • Civilian police officers employed by the U.S. Government;

  • Military police officers;

  • Amtrak police;

  • Federal Reserve LEO; and

  • Officers of the executive branch of the federal government.

WNYHR218 is more than a training, it is a reunion!  We celebrate our retirees and associates fully knowing the sacrifice that a few have made for the freedom of many.  We look forward to seeing you again.  

Available dates:

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Tuesday, August 20, 2024

Tuesday, September 24, 2024

All classes start at 8:00am, fresh coffee waiting for you!

(Participants are required to provide: Firearm, Ammunition, Ear Protection and Eye Protection)

This course is conducted under the auspices of an active-duty Firearms Instructor authorized by NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services to facilitate firearms qualifications and training standards.

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Check out our availability and book the date and time that works for you


This course is conducted at:

Springville Field and Stream 

8900 Chaise Road

Springville, NY 14141

Members and Supporters

Western New York Association of Gun Education


Western New York Association of Retired Law Enforcement Personnel, Inc.



2476 Elmwood Avenue

Kenmore, New York 14217




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