scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Law Enforcement Firearms
The Gillams (howlers@INTELIPORT.COM
Tue Feb 01 2000 - 07:04:11 CST
One of our ASMs is with a state law enforcement agency. Many times he is
not able to go home first before attending the weekly Troop meeting.
This means, he comes to the meetings in his patrol car so technically he
is still on duty. Being on duty and using the patrol car requires him to
wear his state issued firearm. He does not wear a uniform very often so
usually comes to the meetings in his street clothes. This is not a
regular occurrence just when he is not able to go home first.
Apparently a few people have a problem with this as they don't
understand the requirements of his job or the policies. One person who
has a problem is the UC and another who has a problem is a Pack mother.
Her son is still with the Pack.
I really don't see the problem here and feel that people should feel a
little more protected with a trained law enforcement and firearms
instructor in the house. This is really ludicrous as this individual is
highly trained and apparently well respected as he teaches firearms and
criminal justice across the state for his agency. I think that most
people who know this individual probably don't even realize he is
wearing the gun and they are used to seeing him on the job.
It is stated in the SAFE GUIDE To SCOUTING that law enforcement are
exempt from the BSA ruling regarding firearms. So what I am asking is
how this is handled in other places where Scouters are law enforcement
officers who attend Scout functions while still on duty.
Troop 164, ASM
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