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MADISON - Attorney General Van Hollen issued the following statement regarding the passage of Assembly Bill 474 in the Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice:
"Under the authority of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act, many local law enforcement agencies like the Dane County Sherriff's Office and the Racine Police Department have issued certifications to allow their qualifying retirees to carry firearms. I have issued certifications to retired Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation special agents. If enacted, this bill would lead to fuller implementation of the federal law, enabling more qualifying retirees to carry the firearms of the type they carried for years while protecting the public."
"I thank Representatives Hraychuck and Friske for their bipartisan work on this bill."
For information about the Department of Justice's first issuance of a certification pursuant to the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act, see this news article.
For Attorney General Van Hollen's testimony on the bill, see