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ATTORNEY GENERAL VAN HOLLEN TESTIFIES IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ENHANCE RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS' ABILITY TO CARRY FIREARMS


MADISON - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen testified in support of 2007 Assembly Bill 877 this afternoon at a public hearing of the Assembly Criminal Justice Committee. The bill, if enacted, would give greater effect to the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004, a federal law commonly known as HR-218, in Wisconsin. According to Attorney General Van Hollen, federal law permits local law enforcement agencies to issue certifications to experienced retired law enforcement officers that meet the federal law's criteria, but many local agencies have not done so because of a perception that there is a lack of clarity in existing law or because of liability concerns. According to Van Hollen, this bill would remove that uncertainty and further provide the mechanism for federal law enforcement officers who worked in Wisconsin to obtain the proper credentialing.