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For a while I was sure that military law enforcement officers were covered under HR 218, now I'm not so sure. I've emailed the Justice Dept for a reading on 218, and so far haven't heard from them. Does anyone know for sure (not just opinion) whether military law enforcement can carry under HR 218?
 

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I am in the same boat. I am a civilian Department of the Army Police Officer. Some on the force say we are covered and some say no. In my reading of the law I would say it does not apply. Our legal people claim we have no statutory authority. However I have little to no faith in our legal department. They are so afraid of lawsuits they forget that we can be sued for lack of action as well as over action.
 

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A few of the guys who work for the Navy here said that untill they had the chance to swore in as Constabals{sp} and kept it they where not covered
 

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Hr 218

Guys,

Go to www.leaa.org and ask the question. They are the main group who pushed it through Congress.

I have my HR 218 certification as a retired deputy sheriff. The rules are you have to be active LEO or honorably retired with at least 15 years of service or retired from LEO work due to a service connected disability.

I have seen memos from police/sheriff departments to active personnel on how to deal with HR 218 holders they may come across. I have seen no mention of military police or retired military police in the definitions of who is allowed HR 218 certification. I know Feds (FBI, DEA, Secret Service, etc. are included so maybe the military is too.) I guess your brass should have looked into this, but as I remember the military the safe play for them is to say no.

The Sheriff of my old department was really cool about this and we retirees shoot once a year to qualify for it and get a certification card to add to our retiree CCW for California, which has to be renewed every five years.
 

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...the good thing about being a Fed (GS-1811 and other Fed sworn job series) is being authorized to carry nearly anywhere (notible exceptions include military bases while off-duty, jails and courthouses) as long as your agency policy ok's off-duty carry...as far as I know, we have been able to exercise that priviledge pre-HR 218....I've carried my duty weapon during off-duty times while in such anti-gun bastions like NYC, NJ and Washington, D.C. with no issues or concerns.

Military LE personnel while off-duty? Yikes....I don't know.
 

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Just goes to show that HR 218 was not a panacea. Nationwide civilian concealed carry reciprocity would cover all of HR 218 as well as any other CCW holder.
 

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From my experience as a Navy Master-at-Arms, and as a civilian Deputy..No 218 does not cover MP's. If you are not in direct commision of orders you are not authorize to carry a weapon. Military Police are not recognized as sworn officers in any jurisdiction I'm aware of. The only exception is Army CID or Navy's Command Investigators as long as your orders are to remain armed. But that does not include periods of leave. I know it sucks. You will find though that alot of LEO's will extend you professional courtesy but do not expect it. Apply for your CCW and act accordingly for safety sake. Good luck.
 

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I've been retarted for about 20 years, but, MPs do not carry their authority off of the post or base, unless unded special circumstances. We do not enjoy the coverage under 218. Exceptions are, of course, CID Agents, OSI, etc. It would be vary difficult to seperate the wheat from the chaf if this deal were extended to MPs. How in the world would you validate such authority? I'm just fine having a CCW to carry. I'm retired after 23 years, and that fact HR 218 does not extend to me in not a problem at all.

Once a Cop, always a Cop
 

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I don't know about the military member criminal investigators of Army CID, USAF OSI, USCG CGIS or USN NCIS, but the civilian criminal investigators (GS-1811's) are federal law enforcement officers like special agents of the FBI, DEA, ATF, ICE, OIGs and other letter agencies, so HR 218 would apply to them as well.
 

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I am currently an MP and we had a briefing from JAG concerning this and the answer is NO. You do not have any legal authority off duty or off post.

Therefore you cannot carry under HR218, you can't even have a personal weapon on post unless it is locked up in the armory or in your family housing (no guns in the barracks) or in transit to these locations.

The civilian Special Agents of OSI, CID, NCIS are Federal LEO and can carry with certain restrictions.
 

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I was an AF cop for 16 years of my 26 years of service. Everything I ever heard or read on the subject was a very big NO. Unless as was stated you were required to carry in the performance of you duties. I think that if you were caught you would get a TDY/PCS to my state and see at least part of Ft. Leavenworth.
 

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I have to agree with kikr... Some LEOs would probably extend professional courtesy but some won't, so don't expect it. As far as I can tell from it, it seems that you would have to be from a recognized law enforcement agency of some kind. I would say a good bet would be that if you are armed while on duty and are allowed/expected to be armed off-duty and you also have NCIC certification with criminal history access you would probably be good to go.

Best bet would be to apply for a CCW permit in your state and any other state you decide to go to. That's what our guys did before the bill went through, even though they were allowed to carry in state anywhere. (It was a lot easier to show a CCW rather than carry a badge, gun, dept ID, handcuffs, etc. and get your department involved.)
 

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I am retired USAF and was An AFOSI SA. HR 218 does not apply to OSI, CID, NIS whether civilian or military and does not apply to MP, SP, MA, etc. Our authority to carry was derived from the Dept of the Air Force or whatever branch assigned to. Authority to carry off-base or post depended on the Base Commander and local authorities. At least this was the case when I retired in 1988.
 

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I contacted the Law Enforcement Alliance of America and this is what I got from them:

Ray,

You've hit on one of the biggest unknowns in HR 218. There are a lot of problems with implementation that will likely require some court rulings or agency findings in order to sort out. As far as the military goes, it is unclear. So far, most of the legal counsel who have reviewed the statues feel that likely MP's may not be recognized, but perhaps criminal investigators, CID, NCIS might. The dilemma involves the posse comitatus separations of power between the military and domestic law enforcement.

My understanding is that military police and CID staff are empowered by US code and UCMJ to enforce UCMJ provisions and regulations. There is a grey area though in which those same military personnel can make arrests for violations of state ordinances on post for offenses such as drunk driving, etc.

The attorneys I have worked with have all said that they could not comfortably tell a client who is a military law enforcement officer that the provisions will cover them and they would be immune to prosecution based on the protections of HR 218. But even regular officers are facing areas where the arresting officials and prosecutors do not fully comprehend the protections granted to qualified individuals carrying under the statute.

LEAA supports the idea of allowing military law enforcement to be included, as we are fighting for the broadest possible interpretation.

I am sorry I am unable to provide any clear and solid answer to your
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-Kevin

Kevin H. Watson
Communications Director
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www.leaa.org
 

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torrejon224 said:
I am retired USAF and was An AFOSI SA. HR 218 does not apply to OSI, CID, NIS whether civilian or military and does not apply to MP, SP, MA, etc. Our authority to carry was derived from the Dept of the Air Force or whatever branch assigned to. Authority to carry off-base or post depended on the Base Commander and local authorities. At least this was the case when I retired in 1988.
Things have changed drastically since 1988, at least for Civilian Special Agents. Civilian Special Agents with all of the MCIO's (OSI, CID, CJIS, and NCIS) now have 24/7 carry authority based on statute. I'm not sure about the military agents, but civilian agents are good to go 24/7 and don't have to rely on HR 218 either way.
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+1 to Gonzo....that is my understanding too....if you are an GS-1811 criminal investigator (exception being FAA 1811's assigned to the Civil Aviation internal security branch), you then are sworn personnel by statute and authorized to conduct warantless arrests and carry firearms 24/7....however, an agency's policy may dictate that their agents only carry during duty hours (or solely carry their issue weapon as my agency dictates) regardless of statute.
 

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Remember that a regular MP is not a law enforcement officer. He or she is a Soldier acting under the authority of the post or activity commander.

CID agents ARE federal law enforcement officers, carry off duty and have the power of arrest over civilians both on and off post.
 

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Remember that a regular MP is not a law enforcement officer. He or she is a Soldier acting under the authority of the post or activity commander.

CID agents ARE federal law enforcement officers, carry off duty and have the power of arrest over civilians both on and off post.

Exactly. Your second sentence is one of the simplest, yet most accurate, descriptions I have read. It does not, in any way, take away from the importance of what they do, or mean that they are not "cops" in other cops eyes, it is simply a legal reality.
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+1 to Gonzo....that is my understanding too....if you are an GS-1811 criminal investigator (exception being FAA 1811's assigned to the Civil Aviation internal security branch), you then are sworn personnel by statute and authorized to conduct warantless arrests and carry firearms 24/7....however, an agency's policy may dictate that their agents only carry during duty hours (or solely carry their issue weapon as my agency dictates) regardless of statute.
Srfl,
Believe it or not, there are still a handful of series 1811 Criminal Investigators that do not have statutory law enforcement authority. They still rely on deputation as Special Deputy Marshals in order to carry firearms, make arrests, and conduct warrant-less searches. And a few of those do not use "blanket deputation", which is to say, they only deputize Agents on a case-by-case basis for a limited time. In other words, there are 1811 "Special Agents" who investigate criminal activity but do not carry guns or make arrests. Go figure. Actually, it was only after 09/11 that most OIG Special Agents were given statutory authority. Prior to that, only a very few OIG's had it. Now all do, except for a few.

The authority for MCIO's has changed greatly over the past few years as well, as discussed above. However, I think most of the major changes only apply to the civilian Agents. That being said, I do think that all of the MCIO's now allow military Agents to carry 24/7 now as well, for self-protection and quick response.
Gonzo
 
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