Amend Illinois' law enforcement officer definition

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The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), which became law in 2004, provides that a qualified law enforcement officer or retired law enforcement officer may for his or her protection carry a concealed firearm nationwide.  The Illinois Law Enforcement Standards and Training Board have denied both active and retired officers these provisions by using an overly narrow definition of a law enforcement officer.

 As this is an election year, we the signatories of this petition demand that the Illinois General Assembly immediately introduces and passes amendment(s) to Illinois statutes to:

1) redefine a “law enforcement officer” as an employee of a governmental agency who

a) is 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 has statutory powers of arrest or apprehension;

b) is authorized by the agency to carry a firearm;

c) is not the subject of any disciplinary action by the agency which could result in suspension or loss of police powers;

d)meets standards, if any, established by the agency which require the employee to regularly qualify in the use of a firearm;

e) is not under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicating or hallucinatory drug or substance; and

f)is not prohibited by Federal law from receiving a firearm.

2) redefine a “retired law enforcement officer” as an individual who

a) separated from service in good standing from service with a government agency as a law enforcement officer;

b) 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;

c) before such separation, served as a law enforcement officer for an aggregate of 10 years or more; or separated from service with such agency, after completing any applicable probationary period of such service, due to a service-connected disability, as determined by such agency;

d) during the 12-month period prior to carrying the concealed weapon, has met, at the expense of the individual, the standards for qualification in firearms training for active law enforcement officers, as determined by the former agency of the individual, the State in which the individual resides or, if the State has not established such standards, either a law enforcement agency within the State in which the individual resides or the standards used by a certified firearms instructor that is qualified to conduct a firearms qualification test for active duty officers within that State;

e) has not been officially found by a qualified medical professional employed by the agency to be unqualified for reasons relating to mental health and as a result of this finding will not be issued the photographic identification as described in subsection (e)(i); or has not entered into an agreement with the agency from which the individual is separating from service in which that individual acknowledges he or she is not qualified under this section for reasons relating to mental health and for those reasons will not receive or accept the photographic identification as described in subsection (e)(i);

i) The identification required by this subsection is a photographic identification issued by the agency from which the individual separated from service as a law enforcement officer that identifies the person as having been employed as a law enforcement officer.

f) is not under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicating or hallucinatory drug or substance;
g) is not prohibited by Federal law from receiving a firearm.

3)Direct the Illinois Retired Officer Concealed Carry program and its parent organization, the Illinois Law Enforcement and Training Board to adhere to the above definitions in their granting or denial of retired officer concealed carry.



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