Federal, State and City LEO - On/Off Duty Carry?
I hope this is the right area to post this. I decided to post here because this involves Federal and State LEO's and both on-duty carry and off duty private handgun carry.
At work today, I am doing a background check for a firearms sale to an officer of the FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement). She is a State officer.
It is ironic that I am on the phone, and a super long hold time, with the very department she works for (BG Checks in Florida go through FDLE).
While on this nearly 30 minute wait for an agent we make some small talk about guns and concealed carry laws, night sights etc. She asked me, "Do law enforcement officers have to go through the 3 day wait period for purchasing handguns?".
I told her "yes, unless they have a concealed weapons license, they are treated just like any other person purchasing a handgun. Its Federal Law, not state."
She almost seemed to not believe me. I reiterated that any law enforcement officer, purchasing a handgun for personal use, must go through the same background check and mandatory wait period if they do not have a concealed weapons license.
So, onto more talk she says that she doesn't have a concealed weapons license but she carries her gun (a duty gun; baby Glock) that is issued to her. She says she can carry anywhere anytime even on airlines. She said she conceals it in an ankle holster but always carries her badge displayed when on duty.
I told her it was different for a duty gun than if it were her personal handgun. She tried to argue with me that I was wrong. I told her that, unless she is in commission of her duties that she probably wasn't supposed to carry her duty gun, lets say to Wal-Mart, on a personal shopping spree unless her commanding officer has okayed it.
So, am I correct or am I wrong? I have studied the statutes and they seem to be a little confusing in these areas of State and Federal officers.
I was under the impression that only Federal officers could fly airlines with a gun on their person. I was also under the impression that off-duty law enforcement officers had to abide by the same concealed carry laws as all other citizens.