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Gun Control Legislation-July 21, 2011

Gun Control Legislation-July 21, 2011

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The 111th

Congress passed amendments to clarify and expand eligibility under the Law
Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA; P.L. 108-277). This law authorizes certain qualified
active-duty and retired law enforcement officers to carry concealed firearms across state lines,
while off duty. Senator Leahy, the Judiciary Committee Chair, introduced the amendments as a
stand-alone bill (S. 1132). In the House, Representative J. Randy Forbes introduced a similar
measure (H.R. 3752). The Senate Judiciary Committee approved S. 1132 on March 11, 2010, and
the Senate passed the bill on May 13, 2010. The Senate Judiciary Committee filed a report on this
bill on July 27, 2010 (S.Rept. 111-233). The House passed S. 1132 on September 29, 2010. The
President signed S. 1132 into law on October 12, 2010 (P.L. 111-272). The 2010 LEOSA
amendments (1) clarify that certain Amtrak and executive branch law enforcement officers are
eligible for concealed carry privileges under P.L. 108-277, (2) reduce the length of service
criterion for eligibility under that law from 15 to 10 years, and (3) clarify other provisions of the
law related to certification and credentialing.

Previously, in the 110th

Congress, the Senate Judiciary Committee reported a similar bill (S. 376;
S.Rept. 110-150) on September 5, 2007. This bill was also introduced by Senator Leahy.
Representative Forbes introduced a similar bill (H.R. 2726). The language of S. 376 was
incorporated into S. 2084, the School Safety and Law Enforcement Improvement Act of 2007,
when that bill was reported on September 21, 2007 (S.Rept. 110-183). In the 109th

Congress, the

Senate amended H.R. 1751, the Court Security Improvement Act of 2006, with similar LEOSA
provisions and passed that measure.

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