CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
S. 1132 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Wednesday, September 29, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on May 21, 2009.
S. 1132 would amend the federal criminal code to include a law enforcement officer of the Amtrak Police Department and the Federal Reserve or a law enforcement or police officer of the executive branch as a qualified law enforcement officer eligible to carry concealed firearms. The bill would expand the definition of "firearm" to include ammunition not otherwise prohibited by federal law or subject to the provisions of the National Firearms Act.
The bill would alter the definition of "qualified retired law enforcement officer" to do the following:
S. 1132 would also revise the requirements for firearms certification for separated officers to allow firearms training in accordance with the standards of the officer's former agency, the state in which such officer resides, standards established by a law enforcement agency within the state, or those used by a certified firearms instructor. Lastly, the bill would set forth specific mental health requirements for such officers.
According to the CBO, implementing S. 1132 would not result in any significant costs to the federal government, and enacting S. 1132 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures would not apply.
S. 1132 contains an intergovernmental mandate as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) because it would expand an existing mandate that preempts state or local laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed weapons. CBO estimates that the costs, if any, for state, local, or tribal governments to comply would be insignificant and well below the annual threshold established in UMRA ($70 million in 2010, adjusted annually for inflation).