Eager to help, but thwarted by law
HR 218, a bill known as “The Community Protection Act,” was authored and introduced in the 107th Congress by Congressman Randy Cunningham, a Republican of California. This bill would allow all police officers, whether active or retired, to carry their firearm anywhere within the 50 states for the purpose of protecting our citizens.
Currently, there are only 19 states that allow officers to carry their firearm on or off duty. The others will only permit this if on official business. To give you an example of how ridiculous this is, as Indiana officers, we are required to carry our weapons on duty or off duty. If I were going on vacation in the South, once I left Indiana and entered Kentucky, I would have to lock my weapon in the glove box. Then, upon entering Tennessee, I would have to take the gun back out, break it down and unload it, as required by Tennessee law. Once into Georgia, the law requires me to place this weapon, broken down, in the trunk. Entering Florida I am not permitted to have a firearm...