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This is a discussion on For the LEOs on the board... within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I realize that opinions will vary, but I'm curious from an LEO perspective , are there any LEO's that would rather have citizens not be ...
I realize that opinions will vary, but I'm curious from an LEO perspective, are there any LEO's that would rather have citizens not be able to conceal carry legally?
That's a rhetorical question, right?
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Here is one of the few whose opinion is one of actual consequence:
Police Superintendent: Concealed Carry Could Lead To More Shootings - NewsInBlack
"For someone who is nearly as smart as I am, how can you be so wrong about this?"
The Chief of Police of Milwaukee is not happy about the concealed carry law in WI but the Sheriff of Milwaukee County is all for it.
I know about a dozen LEO, my son included. They are unanimously agreed that the CC law is a good thing.
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I'm a retired law enforcement officer, and I can offer this perspective.
I think you'll find that most rank and file officers are in favor of law abiding citizens having the option of protecting themselves with firearms. I know that an individual that has gone through the process to legally carry concealed isn't the problem, and never has been. I've always considered them to be on the good guys side.
Many of your police executives, and their organizations like IACP support gun control, but that is pure politics. Their troops don't overwhelming support these positions. Unfortunately, the Police Chiefs and their organizations usually have the microphone, not the cop on the street.
I know lots of cops, after over 27 years on the job, and don't know any that would support the legislation that is being threatened today. It's not the gun, it's the person behind the gun we should be focused on. Enforce the laws that already on the books. Stop letting the criminals off, when they are caught. Stop letting them out of prison early. Those things would have an impact on gun violence, not bans on rifles or high capacity magazines.
" But if you are authorized to carry a weapon, and you walk outside without it, just take a deep breath, and say this to yourself... Baa." Col. Dave Grossman on Sheep and Sheepdogs.
I was an LEO for eleven years. Currently where I live now I do not know any LEO's but from all that I have talked to and asked the question, "What is your opinion on concealed carry, all of them said they think everyone should conceal carry if they qualify for such permit.
"As a strong supporter of our 2nd Amendment rights, I believe tougher enforcement of our nation's existing gun laws must be done before any more laws are enacted and put on the books."
I recently had an opportunity to have lunch with a couple from California. During lunch, when we discussed our jobs, I discovered he is a Sheriffs Deputy in California. So the topic of concealed carry came up, and she jumped in and proudly told me she has her CC permit. He explained that his county (in the north, it shall remain unnamed to protect the innocent) is very gun-friendly, and that most deputies in his county are very supportive of CC.
We discussed the problems with other parts of California vis-a-vie guns...chuckled some, and enjoyed our meal. It was pleasantly eye-opening for me.
"Let us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready."
I think that most people would be pleasantly suprised to know how most LEO's really feel about the subject.
The rabid anti-gunners in the LEO world are mostly the higher ranking ones that run departments and are little more than politicians or the dumb ones that are new enough to have not figured it out yet.
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While not a LEO myself, I have many family members who are. Basically rank and file LEO on the street are in favor of it. The Chiefs/Commissioners who are political appointees will normally swing which ever way their political boss goes.
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I'm a retired Police officer... and here's my opinion.
The police work for the people. What ever an officers individual opinion should only hold water in their mind. All Officers are sworn to uphold, and defend the Constitution of the United States, including the second amendment. To give some credence to an Officers individual opinion is giving the police more power than they are entitled to.
Individual Officers are entitled to their opinions... but thats all they are, opinions. People should understand there are basically three types of policemen. The first being politicians... usually chiefs and those appointed to their positions. Second is pogey police. These Officers have very little interest in actual police work, and rarely to into harms way. They tend to work at office, inside, and low risk assignments. The third is those I'd consider "Cops". These are the usually 10% of any police department who do 75% of all real police work.
So having or hearing a police officers opinion is probably tainted by the kind of a policeman they are. The politicians I think mostly go with what ever way the wind happens to blowing or will be issued an opinion by the mayor or town counsul. Th pogey cop may see an armed citizen as the potential for more work, and a possible danger to his cushey job. Unless of course he can get off the street by working in the permit section, then he's probably be for all citizens being armed.
The "COP" is that guy on the street you see stopping suspicious persons, making arrests, chasing stolen, and felony cars.. you the fun part of policing. I think most guys in that position see armed citizens as potential allies. These are the guys that know when the fecal matter hits the spinning blades... it really dont matter who comes to their aid. Also if an armed citizen is sucessfull in defending themself... IMO That kind of an Officer will respond with real understanding... They themselves understand how reality actually works.
All the above is based on my experience, and my interaction with many hundreds of other officers during my career.
Just a coincidence; whats with the new members posting question salong the same lines as far as something pertaining to gun control??
Heres another post , posted by another "new" member.
leo's on here would you confiscate weapons?
Someone from the anti gun sector of the government "fishing"?
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Some of these are way out there, and infringe on our rights. But no one but psychiatrists come in contact with more crazies than cops do.
Food for thought - In TX, to get my CHL, I had to sign an affidavit that allowed our Department of Public Safety to look at my medical history. I have heard that bipolar disorder can prevent you from getting a CHL in Texas.
I had no issues with individuals carrying as long as it was lawful. My chief felt the same way.