The Average Civilian Pistol Permit Holder Is Better With Their Weapons Than Most Cops.
New York State, with its liberal politics and highly restrictive gun laws, might be the last place you’d expect to have a sheriff who actively encourages private citizens to get trained, licensed, and armed in order to help counter the nation-wide rash of mass shootings. However, that’s exactly what happened.
Paul Van Blarcum is the Sheriff of Ulster County, New York. Back in December 2015, The New York Times quoted Sheriff Blarcum as stating,
"In light of recent events that have occurred in the United States and around the world I want to encourage citizens of Ulster County who are licensed to carry a firearm to PLEASE DO SO.”
LEOSA in Tennessee, and why does the state think it can implement their own requirements over that of Federal Law. I thought I would begin a discussion on a topic that seems to have more questions than answers. Lets start with LEOSA, in particular, 18 USC 926C (for retired or separated officers).
A “qualified retired law enforcement officer” is defined as an individual who:
(1) separated from service in good standing from service with a public agency as a law enforcement officer;
(2) before such separation, was authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution of, or the incarceration of any person for, any violation of law, and had statutory powers of arrest or apprehension under se...