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Rep. Hice Introduces Legislation to Improve Railroad Law Enforcement Safety Rights

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Washington, September 27, 2018 | comments

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) yesterday introduced H.R. 6914, the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Expansion Act, to amend the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) to provide active and qualified retired railroad police officers the ability to carry concealed firearms across state lines. Established in 2004 and expanded in 2010, LEOSA affords eligible law enforcement personnel concealed carry privileges but currently fails to include all railway police.

“The responsibility of law enforcement officers to protect life and serve the community doesn’t stop when they are off-duty or even retired,” said Congressman Hice. “In light of threats to public safety, it is crucial that we do everything we can to ensure the security of our transportation infrastructure – and railroad police play an integral part.  While the privilege of carrying concealed firearms is currently available to qualified Amtrak police officers, other railroad law enforcement personnel have not been extended that same privilege. By allowing trained railroad police professionals – who have the legal authority to arrest and process individuals who violate state and federal law – the ability to carry concealed firearms nationwide, active-duty and qualified retired officers will be equipped to respond quickly to any emergency regardless of where it occurs. I believe that my bill moves us one step closer to a safer transportation system and restores Second Amendment protections to those who keep our homeland secure.”

H.R. 6914 is cosponsored by U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (IL-08) and Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) and supported by the Railroad Police Chiefs Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). You can find the full bill text here.

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