R 072115Z NOV 17 ZEL
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC
SUBJ//NAVY INTERIM IMPLEMENTATION GUIDANCE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS
SAFETY ACT (LEOSA) PROGRAM//
REF/B/DOC/TITLE 18, U.S. CODE, SECTION 926B//
REF/C/DOC/TITLE 18, U.S. CODE, SECTION 926C//
REF/E/DOC/TITLE 10 U.S. CODE, SECTION 807(B)//
NARR//REF A IS SECNAVINST 5580.3, DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY LAW ENFORCEMENT
OFFICERS SAFETY ACT PROGRAM, 19 JANUARY 2017.
REF B IS TITLE 18, U.S. CODE, SECTION 926B, CARRYING OF CONCEALED FIREARMS BY
QUALIFIED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS.
REF C IS TITLE 18, U.S. CODE, SECTION 926C, CARRYING OF CONCEALED FIREARMS BY
QUALIFIED RETIRED/SEPARATED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS.
REF D IS DOD INSTRUCTION 5525.12, IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AMENDED LAW
ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS SAFETY ACT OF 2004, AS AMENDED FEBRUARY 13, 2014.
REF E IS TITLE 10 U.S. CODE, SECTION 807(B), UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE
RMKS/1. This message announces the Navy interim guidance for implementation
of the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) program, directed by
references (a) through (d) and in accordance with reference (e).
2. Background. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2013
expanded LEOSA 2004 coverage to include individuals who are or were
authorized to apprehend under Article 7b of the UCMJ. The NDAA of 2013 now
applies to all Department of the Navy (DON) active and reserve personnel,
whether assigned afloat or ashore, who are serving or have served in a law
enforcement capacity as defined by references (a) through (d).
a. It is Navy policy that LEOSA credentials may be issued to current and
retired Navy personnel who meet the criteria described in references (a)
b. LEOSA card holders are subject to all restrictions and limitations
contained in references (a) and (d), including:
(1) LEOSA credentials do not permit the carry of concealed
privately-owned weapons on Federal installations or where prohibited by
federal, state, or local statutes.
(2) LEOSA credentials do not confer upon any separated law
enforcement officer any rights or privileges accorded to a currently serving
law enforcement officer.
c. Issued credentials will immediately become invalid if an individual
no longer meets any of the requirements for eligibility in this NAVADMIN or
references (a) through (d).
d. The Navy will not reimburse any cost associated with the
qualification requirements contained in references (a) through (d) and this
NAVADMIN, or provide firearms, ammunition, or firearms qualification testing
for separated law enforcement officers.
e. This message will serve as interim policy guidance for implementation
of the Navy LEOSA program and will cancel upon release of OPNAVINST 5530.14F.
a. Director, Shore Readiness Division (OPNAV N46) will promulgate policy
regarding implementation of the Navy LEOSA program and update policy in
accordance with any change to references (a) through (d).
b. Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) will:
(1) In accordance with references (a) through (d), act as
the program manager for the LEOSA program, providing administration and
oversight of credential issuance for qualified law enforcement officers
(QLEO) and qualified retired/separated enforcement officers (QRLEO).
(2) Provide additional implementation guidance, as required.
(3) Issue photographic credentials for a period not to exceed five
years to QLEOs.
(4) Issue non-expiring photographic credentials to QRLEOs.
(5) In accordance with references (a) and (b), maintain data
associated with QLEOs who have been issued the photographic credential.
(6) In accordance with references (a) and (c), maintain data
associated with QRLEOs who have been issued the photographic credential.
(7) Recover credentials issued to QLEOs upon separation from law
enforcement duties and for disqualifying performance or conduct that would
result in a member losing authority to carry a firearm.
(8) Ensure that the QLEO and QRLEO, upon issuance of the LEOSA
credential, are aware of all credential restrictions and limitations
contained in references (a) and (d), including that:
(a) The credential does not grant any authority to act on
behalf of the Department of the Navy or to exercise any law enforcement
(b) To carry a concealed firearm under LEOSA
authority, the bearer must also carry, on their person, the issued LEOSA
credential as well as qualification documentation issued by a certified
firearms instructor within the QRLEOs state of residence that is current
within 12 months. QLEOs must also be in possession of a valid common access
(c) The credential is invalid if the credential holder is
found to be carrying a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or any
other intoxicating or hallucinatory drug or substance.
(d) Issuance of the credential does not grant an
exemption from federal and state statutes and regulations that apply to the
carry of firearms (to include those relating to the carry of firearms aboard
commercial aircraft, within federal facilities, etc.).
c. The installation commanding officer (CO) or first O-6/GS-15 within an
applicant’s chain of command will be the initial endorsing authority for QLEO
applicants. Installation COs may delegate endorsing authority to their
respective security officers.
5. LEOSA Credential Requirements
a. QLEO credentials. To qualify for the credential, an individual must
be an employee of the Navy who meets all of the criteria outlined in
references (a), (b) and (d), to include:
(1) Is not prohibited by federal law from receiving a firearm.
(2) Is authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention,
detection, investigation, or prosecution of, or the incarceration of any
person for any violation of law, and has statutory powers of arrest or
authority to apprehend pursuant to reference (e).
(3) Is currently a rated Master-at-Arms (graduated Master-at-Arms A
school), qualified limited duty officer (649x), chief warrant officer (749x),
Navy reserve component personnel in the aforementioned military career
ratings or qualifications, or current Navy employee in GS 0083, 1810, and
1811 career series (completed Navy Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
course of training or approved equivalent at the time of service).
(4) Is authorized by the Navy to carry a firearm.
(5) Meets the Navy’s qualification standards in the use of a
firearm of the same type (e.g., revolver or semiautomatic pistol) as the
(6) Is not the subject of any disciplinary action by the Navy that
could result in suspension or loss of law enforcement authority.
(7) Has not been officially found by a medical professional
employed by a DOD component to be unqualified to carry a firearm for reasons
of mental health.
(8) Has received endorsement from the appropriate authority.
b. QRLEO credentials. To qualify for the credential, an individual must
meet all the criteria outlined in references (a), (c) and (d), to include:
(1) Be separated in good standing from service with a DOD component
as a law enforcement officer.
(2) Prior to separation, have served as a law enforcement officer
for an aggregate of 10 years or more as described in reference (c).
(3) Not be prohibited by federal law from receiving a firearm.
(4) Agree that while armed, will not be under the influence of
alcohol or other intoxicating or hallucinatory drug or substance.
(5) Have not entered into an agreement with the DOD component from
which the individual is separating, acknowledging an inability to carry a
firearm for reasons relating to mental health.
6. To be issued credentials, QLEOs and QRLEOs must complete the LEOSA
application available at https://www.cnic.navy.mil/om/leosa.html
7. Retired/separated Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) agents will
follow NCIS-specified procedures for credential issuance.
8. Released by VADM D. R. Smith, N4//