Concealed carry, HR 218, and the retired police. If you are a law enforcement officer or a retired officer, and you plan to carry a firearm outside your home state, you must be aware of any restrictions or limitations. The “Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act,” commonly known as H.R. 218, provides the basic right for a law enforcement officer or a retired officer to carry a firearm in any state. There are, however, certain limitations incorporated in the law; with which the officer or retired officer should acquaint themselves before travelling outside their home state. An officer or retired officer may also rely on a civilian concealed carry permit issued by their state, as the authority to carry in other states; but here again, one must be aware of certain limitations and whether there is reciprocity with your state.
The bottom line is, whether one relies on HR 218 or on your civilian concealed carry permit, it is important first to educate yourself as to the rights and limitations in either instance. The materials in this section are designed to help you in that process.