FLEOA Applauds Reintroduction of the Federal Law

 FLEOA Applauds Reintroduction of the Federal Law Enforcement Service Weapon Purchase Act in the Senate


Senator John Cornyn

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510


Senator Patrick Leahy

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510 

Senator Catherine Marie Cortez Masto

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510

Senator Tom Cotton

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510



Dear Senators Cornyn, Leahy, Cortez Masto, and Cotton:

We write to you in strong support and appreciation for the reintroduction of the bipartisan and bicameral Senate version of the "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 65 federal agencies, many of whom have recently seen their agencies go through service weapon transitions. Due to current government regulations, however, these retired service weapons must be destroyed rather than sold to the federal officers that carried them.


Specifically, 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)). 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 agents and officers may be interested in purchasing. 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 ability to own one of these service weapons slated for destruction by paying fair market value and potentially returning millions of dollars of revenue to the federal coffers.


This is a commonsense reform to an outdated regulation and is on par with how state and local law enforcement agencies handle their retired service weapons. We appreciate your leadership in reintroducing this bill and look forward to working with you to see this bipartisan legislation passed into law.

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Larry Cosme

National President

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association


cc:   Chairman Richard Durbin

Ranking Member Chuck Grassley

Senate Judiciary Committee Members