Archive for February, 2005
Force Science News #13: “Blood Lessons” From Officers Involved in Fatal Off-Duty Shootout in Crowded McDonald’s
Force Science News #13
February 25, 2005
IN THIS ISSUE:
I. What FS News Readers Had To Say About Off-Duty/Retired Concealed Carry
II. “Blood Lessons” From Officers Involved in Fatal Off-Duty Shootout in Crowded McDonald’s
III. Caught Without a Gun, A Bluff Works…This Time
IV. A Quote to Remember
I. WE ASKED, YOU ANSWERED: HOW YOUR OPINIONS STACK UP
REGARDING OFF-DUTY/RETIRED CONCEALED CARRY
When we asked for your opinions about off-duty and retired LEOs carrying concealed weapons when traveling, as now allowed by federal law, you sent ‘em-in spades!
We’ve been flooded with feedback to Force Science News #12, and the contents reflect the broad diversity of FSN’s worldwide membership.
Some members saw the controversy in starkly simple terms: Better judged by 12 if problems arise than carried by 6. Others misinterpreted our mission, concluding that we opposed concealed carry and the legislation that permits it rather than understanding that we intended only to raise questions that should reasonably be considered in making what ultimately is a very personal decision. Some offered insightful arguments for or against going armed. Others suggested tactics to make concealed carry when out of uniform safer and more effective. Some described vivid and memorable personal experiences.
Force Science News #12
February 11, 2005
I. HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL?
As an off-duty or retired LEO, you have a fundamental decision to make whenever you pack for an out-of-state trip these days: Should you bring a gun?
Generally speaking, you can. The federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004, effective since last summer, provides that any “qualified” active or retired peace officer may carry a concealed firearm nationwide, regardless of the concealed-carry restrictions of any state or political subdivision.
But should you?