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Tips for Carrying Firearms: Safety Outside Your Jurisdiction

NCJ Number
Law and Order Volume: 52 Issue: 11 Dated: November 2004 Pages: 115-116
Adam Kasanof
Date Published
November 2004
2 pages
This article provides tips for law enforcement officers when they carry and display firearms outside their jurisdiction, so as to avoid mistaken identity should they be confronted by officers from that jurisdiction.
When carrying a firearm outside his/her jurisdiction, an officer should have proper identification, including a photo ID from the officer's agency and a shield or badge if one has been issued. The officer should carry a copy of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004, which authorizes a law enforcement officer to carry a concealed weapon in another jurisdiction, in case another officer questions the legality of the firearms possession. Officers should also consider having several copies of a "travel document," which includes name; agency name, address, and contact phone number; an itinerary; and a photocopy of the officer's ID card. Having copies enables the officer to give one copy to the investigating agency for its records. If the firearm is being worn on the belt, a badge or shield might be placed on the belt in front of the holster. If the choice of a firearm to carry is possible, then select one that looks like a "cop's gun," preferably the same type of firearm used by officers in the jurisdiction where one is traveling. If it is necessary to draw the firearm, identification of oneself as an officer should be stated in professional language, such as, "Police! Don't Move!" Have a bystander call the local police about the incident and include a description of the visiting officer. Have a responsible person meet the responding officers at the perimeter of the scene to explain the situation; and if possible, identify oneself to the responding officers and holster the firearm. Follow any commands or instructions of responding officers.


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