Law Enforcement News

Vol. XXVIII, No. 577, 578 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY May 15/31, 2002

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Soul man; lethal rivalry; time to move on; intent to kill; holding hands; now you see them, now you don’t.
Briefly noted: DoJ green-lights expansive view of 2nd Amendment.
Hell on wheels: Police force says “no thanks” to high-tech scooter.
The booze wall of silence: NYPD gets tough with DWI cops.
Disarming development: Texas sheriff halts ride-alongs for armed civilians.
One into two: Will form follow function for the INS?
Red-flagging: Arkansas rethinks handling of youngest sex offenders.
The Russians are coming: Denver-area citizens’ police academy keys on Russian community.
She’s a what? LEN salutes the new Miss Universe. (Find out why.)
Nothing to fear? Child killer takes notification matters into his own hands.
Forum: The problem of divergent state firearms laws; the hole truth & nothing but.
Criminal Justice Library: LEN explores “Critical Issues in Police Training.
Decisions, decisions, decisions: A roundup of recent court rulings.

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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...

The hole truth & nothing but

     I am a newspaper editor in Wisconsin, and have had a long career writing about crime and accidents. As a result, I have gotten to know more than a few law enforcement officers, whom I respect as brave people who put their lives on the line for us everyday.

      It takes a certain personality to be a good and dedicated cop. One must be honorable and courageous, but have a wry sense of humor that lets one live with what one does...