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The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (HR218) allows the qualified law enforcement officer and the qualified retired law enforcement officer to carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of any state or local law to the contrary, with certain exceptions.

This bill exempts qualified active and retired law enforcement officers from local and State prohibitions on the carrying of concealed firearms.
On 12 October 2010, President Barack H. Obama II signed S. 1132, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Safety Act Improvements Act,” into law. The Act, now Public Law 111-272, went into effect immediately.
The bill improves the ability of retired officers to comply with the documents required by existing Federal law when carrying a firearm under 18 USC 926C and makes other modifications to existing law.

Who can Qualify me?

Criminal Offenses
SECTION 11-47-16

§ 11-47-16. Certification of qualification.
The range officer of the Rhode Island state police, the range officer of any city or town police department maintaining a
regular and continuing firearms training program, a pistol instructor certified by the National Rifle Association and/or the
United States Revolver Association, and any other qualified persons that the attorney general may designate are authorized
to certify the qualification required by §§ 11-47-15 and 11-47-15.1. The certification required by §§ 11-47-15, 11-47-15.1 and
§ 11-47-15.3 shall be accomplished on a form to be prescribed by the attorney general.
History of Section.
(P.L. 1959, ch. 75, § 1; P.L. 1970, ch. 282, § 2; P.L. 1997, ch. 364, § 2.)

What is RI’s LEOSA Qualification:

Criminal Offenses
SECTION 11-47-15.1

§ 11-47-15.1. Qualifications required of law enforcement officers appointed after June 6, 1970.
(a) Except as provided in § 11-47-15.3, all law enforcement officers of this state and its political subdivisions whose permanent
appointment shall take place later than June 6, 1970, shall qualify on the official National Rifle Association B-21 police combat target firing a score of one hundred sixty-five (165) or better out of a possible score of two hundred fifty (250) with fifty (50) rounds in the distance, time period, and position required in the course:
(1) Stage A: Seven (7) yards, ten (10) shots crouch position, time twenty-five (25) seconds.
(2) Stage B: twelve (12) yards, five (5) shots point shoulder left hand, five (5) shots point shoulder right hand, both unsupported, and five (5) shots kneeling, time seventy-five (75) seconds.
(3) Stage C: twenty-one (21) yards, five (5) shots point shoulder left hand supported, five (5) shots point shoulder right hand supported, time forty-five (45) seconds.
(4) Stage D: twenty-five (25) yards, five (5) shots prone, five (5) shots left hand barricade, five (5) shots right hand barricade, time one minute forty-five (1:45) seconds.
(b) All stages are started with the weapon loaded with 5 rounds and holstered.
History of Section. (P.L. 1970, ch. 282, § 1; P.L. 1997, ch. 364, § 2.)

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