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MAR 2019

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48 POLICE MARCH 2019 THE LEOSA LAW THE LAW IN THE U.S. should allow all sworn cops in good standing who have met their agency's qualification re- quirements to carry anywhere. ere are far too many thugs going around terrorizing and killing people. As evi- denced by the examples in David Grif- fith's January editorial, an armed cop can make all the difference. I always carry my Glock 43. To disarm cops is ridiculous. JP Via PoliceMag.com I ENJOYED READING your January article about back-up/off-duty carry and par- ticipated in the survey myself. As a fire- arms instructor and LEOSA instructor I found it particularly interesting. But one of the reasons given for not carrying off duty really concerned me. at was "living in a state that doesn't recognize LEOSA." Really? LEOSA is a FEDERAL law. States may not like it, but it's a federal law which must be complied with. I do realize, un- fortunately, that traveling LEOs are still responsible for abiding by idiotic mag- azine size restrictions, "no gun zones," and other state-by-state restrictions, but the 50 states and all territories must recognize LEOSA under federal law. Tom Snelling Bonita Springs, FL WHAT MATTERS MOST: SAFETY TR AINING IS SO IMPORTANT. I was re- minded of this after reading Dave Smith's January In My Sights column "What Matters Most." Before I retired I was a crash recon- structionist. With the improvement of vehicle designs and air bag protection when used in conjunction with seat belt use, I saw drivers walk away from crash- es at the end of my career who would have been severely injured or dead at the beginning of my career. After I retired I lost a friend of 25+ years to gunfire. After he was killed I was so angry with him; still am. He had just pulled up on a perime- ter looking for carjacking suspects. He was ambushed and was shot while still seat-belted in his patrol unit. at day he got lazy and didn't pre-plan his scene arrival and what he would do, including taking off his seat belt. Remember, rou- tine calls don't always go routine. Bill G Via PoliceMag.com CORRECTION e February issue's Winning Edge ar- ticle "Spontaneous Knife Attacks" was written by Sgt. Clay Culpepper of the Marietta (GA) Police Department and should have included his byline. FEEDBACK TO OUR READERS SEND POLICE YOUR COMMENTS: We want to hear your comments about POLICE and what's going on in law enforcement. Send your letters in any of the following ways. E-mail: Melanie.Basich@PoliceMag.com Fax: 310-533-2507 Mail: POLICE Magazine Attn: Letters to the Editor 3520 Challenger Street Torrance, CA 90503 Online: PoliceMag.com

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