June 10, 2016
Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 2137, the Federal Law Enforcement Self Defense and Protection Act. The bill, which passed by unanimous consent, would ensure that federal law enforcement officers are allowed to carry their federally permitted and authorized firearms during a lapse in funding or furlough. Congressman Collins, who authored the bill, issued the following statement after Senate passage:
“This common sense legislation will allow federal law enforcement officers to protect themselves and the public even in the event of a furlough or lapse in funding. My father was a Georgia State Trooper, so I know the dangerous situations that can arise while on the job. As a law enforcement officer, my dad was always ready to intervene if necessary.”
“Crime does not stop for federal appropriations funding, and our laws and policies should reflect that. Unfortunately, during the 2013 lapse in appropriations, about 1800 federal law enforcement officers were forced to hand over their federally issued weapons. These officers are highly trained, and every other day are trusted and expected to carry firearms. H.R. 2137 will ensure that those who protect us are not needlessly disarmed and that they can continue to protect themselves and the public regardless of duty status.”
“I want to thank Chairman Goodlatte, Representatives Gabbard, Reichert, and Pascrell, and Senator Toomey, for their tireless support and leadership on this issue and their work to move H.R. 2137 forward.”
H.R. 2137 passed the House of Representatives on May 10, 2016, by a voice vote, and the bill will now go to the President’s desk for signature.