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LEOSA Qualification

Subject:  Retired Law Enforcement Officers Range Qualification and Training

To:  Retired Law Enforcement Officers: Federal, State, and Local retired officers both in-state and out-of-state agencies

My name is John Swartz and I am a retired Corporal with the Pennsylvania State Police. This letter is to make retired law enforcement officers aware of my services to qualify them to carry a firearm throughout the United States under U.S. Congress Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (2004), and Pennsylvania Act 79, the Retired Law Enforcement Retirement Act. This is the LEOSA qualification class for retired law enforcement.

Range qualifications are by special appointment only. Qualifications will be completed through A & S Indoor Pistol Range,
617 Overhead Bridge Road, Youngwood, PA 15697. To book an appointment, please call (724) 925-1212.

The cost is $60.00 for the qualification requirements. This fee includes the instructor’s time, Range time and a qualification target. For each additional weapon you choose to qualify with, there is a $10.00 per gun fee. Payment methods are cash, check, Discover, Visa or MasterCard.

Some background on Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA):

On July 22, 2004, Congress enacted the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA). The intent of LEOSA was to exempt qualified current and retired law enforcement officers from state laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed weapons while traveling from state to state. LEOSA requires that the retired law enforcement officer have a photographic identification card which identifies them as a retired law enforcement officer. LEOSA also requires that the retired law enforcement officer maintain an annual qualification with their firearm.

In response to LEOSA, on December 13, 2005, the Governor of Pennsylvania signed into law, Act 79, the Retired Law Enforcement Identification Act (RLEIA). RLEIA tasked the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) with establishing uniform identification and qualification cards for retired law enforcement officers and a method of conducting annual firearms qualifications for such individuals.

Retired law enforcement officers under these acts are defined as:

Prior to retirement, law enforcement officers were regularly employed as law enforcement officers for an aggregate of 10 years or more; or Law enforcement officers retired from service with a public agency after completing an applicable probationary period of service, due to a service-connected disability, as determined by that agency. Law enforcement officers have a non-forfeitable right to benefits under their agency retirement plan. The law enforcement officer is not prohibited by law from receiving or possessing a firearm.

The following is a list of requirements that must be met prior to you qualifying with a firearm:

1. State law requires retired law enforcement officers to obtain a retired law enforcement officer identification card from the agency from which you retired. The information on this card is specified by the federal and state law.

2. Retired State Troopers need to contact the Administration Office of the nearest Troop Headquarters (not the Pennsylvania State Police station) and follow their guidance. You may have to setup an appointment. You will need to take two forms of identification with you. One identification must be a prior issued PSP retirement card or your discharge papers. They will collect the necessary information from you and take a photograph of you. This paperwork will be sent to Harrisburg. A retired law enforcement identification card will be mailed to the retired officer in 2 to 4 weeks.

3. Local or federal retired law enforcement officers will have to contact the agency that they retired from and follow their procedures to get a retired law enforcement identification card. These cards must meet the requirements set forth by law.

4. Retired officers from out of state law enforcement agencies can also qualify as long as they have the appropriate retirement identification card and currently reside in Pennsylvania.

5. A retired Pennsylvania law enforcement officer living in another state must qualify in the state in which they reside.

Note: This retired law enforcement officer identification card must be shown to the certified law enforcement firearms instructor prior to qualification. The black lettering on white background identification card was first issued in 2010. I cannot qualify you without the retired law enforcement identification card as per Act 79.

Qualification Day:
Retired officers need to bring at least 50 rounds for each weapon they intend to qualify with. No reloaded ammunition. Bring all the same type of ammunition. I am required to record the weapon’s make, model and type of ammunition. If you want to carry more than one weapon under this authorization, you must qualify with each weapon. For range safety, only strong side holsters may be used for qualification. You must have two (2) magazines or one (1) speed loader for revolvers as reloading will be necessary.

The Acknowledgement Form link is: Acknowledgement Form. This form can be printed and completed prior to your arrival at the range. Forms will also be available at the range. I will collect, review and sign the Acknowledgment Form (MPO_RLE 9-100) completed by the retired law enforcement officer.

Qualification Procedures:

I will use the RELIA Skills Checklist as a minimum standard for weapon inspection, to check safety in handling a weapon, and as a guide for discussing range rules prior to commencing range activities. Successful completion of firearms training under RLEIA will also include instruction on proper concealed carry drawing and holstering techniques, a review of the fundamentals of shooting, and training on the Universal Cover Mode. The Firearms Skills Checklist link is: Firearms Skills Checklist.

As per Act 79, training will include checking retired law enforcement officers’ identification cards and a second form of official/governmental identification with photographs as proof of identities. I will also cover use of force for civilians as prescribed in 18 Pa. C. S. Chapter 5, § 501; 505-507.

I will have the retired law enforcement officers qualify using the firearms course guidelines prescribed by the Commission, or on the course provided by the public law enforcement agency that you worked for.

The qualification card will expire 12 months from the date of training and qualification.

Retired officers will be asked to sign a waiver form relieving A & S Indoor Pistol Range, officers and employees of any civil liability while we use the facility. A refusal to sign the waiver will result in a denial to qualify at that location.

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