On July 22, 2004, Congress enacted the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA). The intent of LEOSA was to exempt qualified current and retired law enforcement officers from state laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed weapons while traveling from state to state. LEOSA requires that the retired law enforcement officer have a photographic identification card that identifies them as a retired law enforcement officer. LEOSA also requires that the retired law enforcement officer maintain an annual qualification with their firearm.
On December 13, 2005, the Governor of Pennsylvania signed into law Act 79, the Retired Law Enforcement Identification Act (RLEIA). RLEIA tasked the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) with establishing uniform identification and qualification cards for retired law enforcement officers and a method of conducting annual firearms qualifications for such individuals.REQUIRED: Obtain A Retired LEO ID Card
Prior to qualifying with ASLET, State law requires retired LEO’s obtain a retired LEO’s identification card from the AGENCY you retired from.
Retired State Troopers need to contact the Admin. Office of the nearest Troop Headquarters (not PSP station), and follow the guidance provided by them--typically make an appointment and bring two forms of identifications. One of the identifications will have to be a prior issued PSP retirement card or your discharge papers. Information will be collected and a photograph of you will be sent to Harrisburg. A retired law enforcement ID is usually mailed to the retired officer in 2 to 4 weeks.
Local or federal retired law enforcement officers will have to contact the agency that they retired from and follow their procedures to get a retired law enforcement ID card. These cards must meet the requirements set forth by law. Retired officers from out-of-state law enforcement agencies can also qualify as long as they have the appropriate retirement identification card and currently reside in PA. A retired PA law enforcement officer living in another state should qualify in the state of their residence.Eligibility Requirements
Retired law enforcement officers under these acts are defined as: Prior to retirement, law enforcement officers were regularly employed as law enforcement officers for an aggregate of 15 years or more; or Law enforcement officers retired from service with a public agency after completing an applicable probationary period of service, due to a service-connected disability, as determined by that agency.
Law enforcement officers have a non-forfeitable right to benefits under their agency retirement plan. The law enforcement officer is not prohibited by law from receiving or possessing a firearm.
We will collect, review, and sign the Acknowledgement Form (MPO_RLE 9-100) completed by the retired law enforcement officer. This form should be completed prior to your arrival at the range. Download the form here.
We will use the RELIA Skills Checklist as a minimum standard for weapon inspection, to check safety in handling a weapon, and as a guide for discussing range rules prior to commencing range activities. Successful completion of firearms training under RLEIA will also include instruction on proper concealed carry drawing and holstering techniques, a review of the fundamentals of shooting, and training on the Universal Cover Mode. Download the checklist here.
Discussion and training will be provided for the retired officer on the use of force for civilians covered in 18 Pa. C.S. (Crimes Code) Chapter 5 (relating to general principles of justification) §501, §§505-507.
Participants are required to sign a waiver relieving ASLET and the gun club's members, officers and families of any civil liability.
Qualification will occur regardless of weather conditions. Dress accordingly and consider bringing a small lunch or snack