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NAVY INTERIM IMPLEMENTATION GUIDANCE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS SAFETY ACT (LEOSA) PROGRAM

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SUBJ//NAVY INTERIM IMPLEMENTATION GUIDANCE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS 
SAFETY ACT (LEOSA) PROGRAM//

REF/A/DOC/SECNAVINST 5580.3/19JAN17//

REF/B/DOC/TITLE 18, U.S. CODE, SECTION 926B//

REF/C/DOC/TITLE 18, U.S. CODE, SECTION 926C//

REF/D/DOC/DODINST 5525.12/13FEB2014//

REF/E/DOC/TITLE 10 U.S. CODE, SECTION 807(B)//

NARR//REF A IS SECNAVINST 5580.3, DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY LAW ENFORCEMENT 
OFFICERS SAFETY ACT PROGRAM, 19 JANUARY 2017.  REF B IS TITLE 18, U.S. CODE, 
SECTION 926B, CARRYING OF CONCEALED FIREARMS BY QUALIFIED LAW ENFORCEMENT 
OFFICERS.  REF C IS TITLE 18, U.S. CODE, SECTION 926C, CARRYING OF CONCEALED 
FIREARMS BY QUALIFIED RETIRED /SEPARATED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. REF D IS 
DOD INSTRUCTION 5525.12, IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AMENDED LAW ENFORCEMENT 
OFFICERS SAFETY ACT OF 2004, AS AMENDED FEBRUARY 13, 2014.  REF E IS TITLE 10 
U.S. CODE, SECTION 807(B), UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE (UCMJ).//

RMKS/1.  This message announces the Navy interim guidance for implementation 
of the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) program, directed by 
references (a) through (d) and in accordance with reference (e).

2.  Background.  The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of
2013 expanded LEOSA 2004 coverage to include individuals who are or were 
authorized to apprehend under Article 7b of the UCMJ.  The NDAA of 2013 now 
applies to Department of the Navy (DON) personnel, under reference (d), who 
are serving or have served in a law enforcement capacity as defined by 
references (a) through (d).

3. Policy
     a. It is Navy policy that LEOSA credentials may be issued to
     current and retired Navy personnel who meet the criteria described
     in references (a) through (d).
     b. LEOSA card holders are subject to all restrictions and
     limitations contained in references (a) and (d), including:
          (1) LEOSA credentials do not permit the carry of concealed
          privately-owned weapons on Federal installations or where 
      prohibited by federal, state, or local statutes.
          (2)  LEOSA credentials do not confer upon any separated law
          enforcement officer any rights or privileges accorded to a 
          currently serving law enforcement officer.
     c. Issued credentials will immediately become invalid if an
     individual no longer meets any of the requirements for eligibility
     in this NAVADMIN or references (a) through (d).
     d. The Navy will not reimburse any cost associated with the
     qualification requirements contained in references (a) through (d)
     and this NAVADMIN, or provide firearms, ammunition, or firearms
     qualification testing for separated law enforcement officers.
     e. This message will serve as interim policy guidance for
     implementation of the Navy LEOSA program and will cancel upon
     release of OPNAVINST 5530.14F.

4. Responsibilities
     a. Director, Shore Readiness Division (OPNAV N46) will
     promulgate policy regarding implementation of the Navy LEOSA program
     and update policy in accordance with any change to references (a)
     through (d).
     b. Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) will:
          (1)  In accordance with references (a) through (d), act as
          the program manager for the LEOSA program, providing administration
          and oversight of credential issuance for qualified law enforcement
          officers (QLEO) and qualified retired/separated enforcement 
          officers (QRLEO).
          (2) Provide additional implementation guidance, as
          required.
          (3) Issue photographic credentials for a period not to
          exceed five years to QLEOs.
          (4) Issue non-expiring photographic credentials to QRLEOs.
          (5) In accordance with references (a) and (b), maintain
          data associated with QLEOs who have been issued the photographic
          credential.
          (6) In accordance with references (a) and (c), maintain
          data associated with QRLEOs who have been issued the photographic
          credential.
          (7) Recover credentials issued to QLEOs upon separation
          from law enforcement duties and for disqualifying performance or
          conduct that would result in a member losing authority to carry a
          firearm.
          (8) Ensure that the QLEO and QRLEO, upon issuance of the
          LEOSA credential, are aware of all credential restrictions and
          limitations contained in references (a) and (d), including that:
                (a) The credential does not grant any authority to
                act on behalf of the Department of the Navy or to exercise 
                any law enforcement authority.
                (b) To carry a concealed firearm under LEOSA
                authority, the bearer must also carry, on their person, the 
                issued LEOSA credential as well as qualification documentation 
                issued by a certified firearms instructor within the QRLEOs state of 
                residence that is current within 12 months. QLEOs must also be in 
                possession of a valid common access card.
                (c) The credential is invalid if the credential
                holder is found to be carrying a firearm while under the 
                influence of alcohol or any other intoxicating or hallucinatory drug or
                substance.
                (d) Issuance of the credential does not grant an
                exemption from federal and state statutes and regulations 
                that apply to the carry of firearms (to include those relating to the 
                carry of firearms aboard commercial aircraft, within federal 
                facilities, etc.).
     c. The installation commanding officer (CO) or first O-6/GS-15
     within an applicants chain of command will be the initial endorsing
     authority for QLEO applicants.  Installation COs may delegate
     endorsing authority to their respective security officers.

5. LEOSA Credential Requirements
     a. QLEO credentials. To qualify for the credential, an
     individual must be an employee of the Navy who meets all of the
     criteria outlined in references (a), (b) and (d), to include:
          (1) Is 21 years or older and is not prohibited by federal
          law from receiving a firearm.
          (2) Is authorized by law to engage in or supervise the
          prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution of, or the
          incarceration of any person for any violation of law, and has
          statutory powers of arrest or authority to apprehend pursuant to
          reference (e).
          (3) Is currently a rated Master-at-Arms (graduated Master
          -at-Arms A school), qualified limited duty officer (649x), chief
          warrant officer (749x), Navy reserve component personnel in the
          aforementioned military career ratings or qualifications, or 
          current Navy employee in GS 0083, 1810, and 1811 career series (completed
          Navy Federal Law Enforcement Training Center course of training or
          approved equivalent at the time of service).
          (4) Is authorized by the Navy to carry a firearm.
          (5) Meets the Navys qualification standards in the use of a
          firearm of the same type (e.g., revolver or semiautomatic pistol) 
          as the concealed firearm.
          (6) Is not the subject of any disciplinary action by the
          Navy that could result in suspension or loss of law enforcement
          authority.
          (7) Has not been officially found by a medical professional
          employed by a DOD component to be unqualified to carry a firearm 
          for reasons of mental health.
          (8) Has received endorsement from the appropriate
          authority.
     b. QRLEO credentials.  To qualify for the credential, an
     individual must meet all the criteria outlined in references (a),
     (c) and (d), to include:
          (1) Be separated in good standing from service with a DOD
          component as a law enforcement officer.
          (2) Prior to separation, have served as a law enforcement
          officer for an aggregate of 10 years or more as described in
          reference (c).
          (3) Not be prohibited by federal law from receiving a
          firearm.
          (4) Agree that while armed, will not be under the influence
          of alcohol or other intoxicating or hallucinatory drug or 
          substance.
          (5) Have not entered into an agreement with the DOD
          component from which the individual is separating, acknowledging an
          inability to carry a firearm for reasons relating to mental health.

6. To be issued credentials, QLEOs and QRLEOs must complete the LEOSA 
application available at https://www.cnic.navy.mil/om/leosa.html

7. Retired/separated Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) agents will 
follow NCIS-specified procedures for credential issuance.

8. Released by VADM D. R. Smith, N4//

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