scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Law Enforcement Firearms
Tue Feb 01 2000 - 19:05:34 CST
This can be a sensitive subject. The G2SS does state the exception for
Law Enforcement officers. As a federal agent, I am required to carry a
weapon off duty. When I attend Scout functions, I lock it in my truck.
Additionally, I use a trigger block and lock in case the weapon should fall
into unauthorized hands.
There are some people who will find fault with any guns of any kind.
This would be a time to try to educate them.
Most of my boys have never seen me carrying a firearm, and I do my best
to keep it that way. I don't know the agency's policy where you are, but
perhaps the officer could secure his weapon in his vehicle so that it would
not be an issue
We have two comittee members who are ranking members of our Sheriffs
Department. The first time the Lt. showed up in uniform for a Board of
Review, it intimidated the boys for a short time. Then they saw that it was
just the same, "Kenny," that was always there. I personally feel that
anything that removes a barrier between the police and the public is a good
My advice would be to try to make this a positive thing. Local attitudes
also have a lot to do with the acceptance of firearms; here in West Virginia,
its just not that uncommon to see guns.
Jeff Stine, SM, T-29, Martinsburg, WV