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FLEOA Endorses Passage of H.R. 3096

April 19, 2022

Honorable Val Demings
U.S. House of Representatives
217 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Honorable Don Bacon
1024 Longworth HOB
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515


Dear Representatives Demings and Bacon,

We write to you in strong support of passing H.R. 3096, Federal Law Enforcement Officer Service Weapon Purchase Act. This act would simply allow active federal law enforcement officers to purchase retired service weapons for personal or commemorative use.

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) is the nation’s largest professional, non-profit association representing more than 31,000 federal law enforcement officers from all 65 federal agencies, many of whom have recently seen their agencies go through service weapon transitions. Due to current government regulations though these former service weapons were destroyed rather than sold to the federal officers that carried them, adding increased pollution to the environment and wasting government funds.

Current Federal Management Regulations require that any federal agency "destroy unneeded firearms by crushing, cutting, breaking, or deforming each firearm to ensure that each firearm is rendered completely inoperative and incapable of being made operable for any purpose except the recovery of basic material content” (41 CFR 02-40.175(f)). The materials may be sold for scraps. This is a senseless waste of government property and money that only serves to increase greenhouse gas emissions by sending additional toxic gases into the atmosphere from the destruction process and potentially contaminating landfills from the metals, oils and other materials used to manufacture these service weapons.

Many federal agencies have replaced or are replacing government-issued service weapons which many agents and officers are interested in purchasing for personal use. These agents and officers are fully trained and sworn law enforcement officers who are certified in and possess the authority to own these types of firearms.

It only makes sense to allow those who are interested the authority to own one of these firearms slated for destruction by paying fair market value and potentially return millions of dollars of federal revenue.

This is a commonsense reform to an outdated regulation. We appreciate your leadership in reintroducing this bill and look forward to working with you to see this bipartisan legislation passed into law.

If we can be of any additional assistance, feel free to contact us at fleoa@fleoa.org.

Sincerely,

Larry Cosme

National President
Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association