What is the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA)?

On July 22, 2004, the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) of 2004, also commonly called “HR 218,” became law. (18 U.S.C. §§, 926B, 926C.) This federal law allows “a qualified law enforcement officer” or “a qualified retired law enforcement officer” with identification that meets specified criteria to carry a concealed firearm anywhere in the nation, notwithstanding most other state and local laws that restrict the possession of concealed weapons.

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1. What is the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA)?
2. What is a Qualified Law Enforcement Officer under LEOSA?
3. What are the requirements for carrying a concealed firearm?
4. What is the difference between a California CCW and a Federal CCW?
5. Is there an application fee?
6. Do I need to have my firearms inspected?
7. Do I need to qualify at the Santa Rosa Police Department?
8. Do I need to contact Santa Rosa Police Department every year that I qualify?
9. When is the next qualifying date with a Santa Rosa Police Department Qualified Firearm Instructor?