It is generally agreed that LEOs carry sidearms for the same reason the rest of us do, self defense. Yes it is part of their job, but they are just citizens doing a dangerous job. My job is dangerous too. So is walking around outside my house! What gives them the right to open carry when other citizens do not have that right? Are there legal provisions in their applicable jurisdictions, or are they using the same state and federal constitutions that we are denied? Can we use this?
I know that in Virginia, LEOs are exempted from the provisions of the concealed weapon law. Badge = permit. While this is not unreasonable, given their training and background checks, shouldn't they be required to apply for a permit just like us? Certainly they would not be denied in my locale, but it would be interesting to see what other jurisdictions that are anti-gun would do.
Of course the panacea is Vermont carry, but short of that, what can we do with this information to further our cause?