Niagara Gazette

November 18, 2013

County Legislature vote could allow sheriff's retirees to carry concealed weapons

By Kaley Lynch
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT — The Niagara County Legislature is set to vote on a resolution allowing retired police officers in the county to carry concealed weapons.

The measure was approved for a vote this past week by the county Community Safety and Security Committee.

The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act exempts qualified active and retired law enforcement officers from local and state prohibitions on carrying concealed firearms. The law was signed by then-president George W. Bush in June 2004. 

The act had been tabled by the committee in September.

Adopting the law would allow retirees from the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office to carry a concealed weapon without obtaining a state gun permit, and would exempt them from having to obtain a permit from any other state in cases of travel or moving.

Chief Deputy Thomas Beatty said that in order to qualify under this law, retirees would have to retake the qualification test each year.

“They’d have to come in at their own expense, and bring their own weapon and ammunition,” he said. “There’s no expense to taxpayers for the program.”

The committee also carried a three-year renewal of an agreement with Orleans County to use Niagara County’s forensic lab services.

Orleans County will pay $12,500 for use of the lab and equipment, as well as reimbursing any Sheriff’s Office employees who have to go to Orleans County to testify their findings.