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FLEOA Statement- Fed LE Handgun Commemoration Act

FLEOA Statement on the Federal Law Enforcement Handgun Commemoration Act 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                   May 13, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – Larry Cosme, National President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), today issued the following statement regarding Senator John Cornyn and Senator Patrick Leahy’s introduction of the Federal Law Enforcement Handgun Commemoration Act which is companion bill to H.R. 4798, introduced by Rep Val Demings. This legislation would allow federal law enforcement officers to purchase retired service weapons in a similar fashion as their state and local counterparts allow.

"FLEOA fully supports the introduction of this important legislation, the Federal Law Enforcement Handgun Commemoration Act. We appreciate the hard work of Senator Cornyn, Senator Leahy, and their staff to introduce this needed legislation," said FLEOA President Cosme. "For decades, we have seen the government waste money and add to our greenhouse gas levels by destroying or melting down retired service weapons instead of providing agencies with the option to sell those service weapons back to the officers that have carried and trained with them."

"The current process makes absolutely no sense, especially considering that the Department of Defense runs a similar program to sell firearms to certified civilian clubs that teach firearms skills. The program created under this legislation would sell the firearms to federal law enforcement officers who are well trained, have served their nation and choose to continue to carry," said Cosme.

"Instead of burning taxpayer money, this option would allow agencies to re-coup some of those funds and permit the agents to keep something they have carried and used keep themselves and their communities safe for years. We thank Senator Cornyn and Senator Leahy for their leadership with this issue and look forward to the bill’s passage into law,"Cosme concluded.

FLEOA is the nation’s largest non-partisan, not-for-profit professional association representing more than 28,000 federal law enforcement officers and agents across 65 federal agencies.