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Washington Report – June 7, 2019

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: June 7, 2019

The United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued an opinion on May 21 in Duberry v. District of Columbia which rejects the D.C. Government’s arguments on this appeal, and affirms that the plaintiffs – retired law enforcement officers – are “qualified retired law enforcement officers” under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA, also known as H.R. 218 or the officers’ right to carry law) for the purpose of carrying concealed firearms. NAPO participated as an amicus curiae in this case in January; On May 15, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) reintroduced the Back the Blue Act (S.1480). Senator Cornyn worked with NAPO to introduce the Back the Blue Act in July 2016 after the horrific ambush attack that killed five Dallas police officers. The Back the Blue Act is important for NAPO members because so many of our jurisdictions receive federal funding, and this legislation will help to bring federal resources to bear in the prosecution of those who attempt to murder or murder any of these officers; Join NAPO for their 41st Annual Convention at Skamania Lodge, located in Stevenson, Washington. Participate in setting NAPO’s legislative priorities for the 116th Congress; NAPO is once again backing the Protecting Officers of the Law in Civilian Establishments (POLICE) Act (H.R. 2805), reintroduced May 16, which would permit uniformed law enforcement officers to carry agency-issued firearms in certain Federal facilities; NAPO attended the monthly Public Pension Network (PPN) meeting, which brings together public pension practitioners and retirement systems, public sector labor organizations, and state and local government representatives to discuss the latest updates on public pension and social security issues being considered by Congress and the Administration; NAPO has once again pledged its support for the Lifesaving Gear for Police Act (S. 1537), which would prevent future presidents from implementing restrictions on state and local law enforcement’s access to surplus military equipment, like President Obama did in 2015 with his Executive Order. While President Trump repealed that Executive Order, this legislation will ensure that law enforcement will not face such equipment restrictions in the future unless enacted by Congress; NAPO’s updated “Sponsor/Cosponsor” spreadsheet and “Legislative Positions” document are available below. For more on these and other legislative issues, please click on the June 7, 2019 Washington Report and supporting documents below.

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