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LEOSA HR-218 - Retired DC Police Only

Program specifically geared for eligible retired law enforcement officers

Duration: 1 hour Range time

Date Location Class Size Class Time Instructor Availability
Register Now June 10 Monday
Upper Marlboro, MD
1 - 5 Students 11:45am to 2pm John Ayala Space Available target icon


In 2004, Chapter 44 of Title 18, United States Code, Section 926B & 926C, were amended with the enactment of H.R. 218, “The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act.” This amendment allows for the carrying of concealed firearms by qualified retired law enforcement officers in the United States, The District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories.

Retired and separated law enforcement officers who have license to carry a pistol under HR-218 must renew their license on a yearly basis. DC concealed carry pistol licenses must be renewed every two years. MPD offers online renewal services for both types of licenses. The online option will allow you to complete the required form and submit it along with your payment for processing. The Firearms Registration Unit staff will review your submitted application and send a reply to your request through the online portal.  Once your renewal application has been approved a new license will be mailed to you. As an additional convenience, you may use the site to update your license details, including your address.

Submit a Gun Registration or Renewal Request

HR 218 Application Book (revised)

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LEO / MIL / SEC Courses

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Documentation Requirements

HR-218, the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), is a program specifically geared for eligible retired law enforcement officers. This program provides attendees with the required classroom instruction and firearms qualification. 

All participants are REQUIRED to bring their Retired Police ID card, Driver’s License, Pistol License, Weapon of Choice, Magazines, Holster and 50 rounds of Ammunition.

POLICY CHANGE: HR-218 is no longer weapon specific.

You will be able to carry a REVOLVER OR SEMI-AUTOMATIC concealed, under HR-218, regardless of weapon type you qualified with. 

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The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218, allows qualified Law Enforcement officers (LEOs) and qualified retired LEOs (RLEOs) to concealed carry in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. It was enacted in 2004 and amended in 2010 and 2013. 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C  Therefore, an individual who qualifies under LEOSA does not need a state-issued concealed carry permit in order to carry a concealed firearm in any state.

LEOSA/HR 218 applies to employees of governmental agencies who:

  • Are authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, prosecution of or the incarceration of any person for any violation of law, and has statutory powers of arrest or apprehension under 10 U.S. Code § 807, (article 7(b) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice);
  • Are authorized by the agency to carry a firearm;
  • Are not the subject of any disciplinary action by the agency which could result in suspension or loss of police powers;
  • Meet standards, if any, established by the agency which require the employee to regularly qualify in the use of a firearm;
  • Are not under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicating or hallucinatory drug or substance; and
  • Are not prohibited by federal law from receiving a firearm.

It is not enough to be a QLEO, see the photographic identification & firearms qualification section below.

In addition to the qualifications above, a qualified retired LEO must have:

  • Separated from service in good standing with a public agency as an LEO;
  • Served as an LEO for an aggregate of 10 years or more, or separated from service after completing any applicable probationary period due to a service-connected disability, as determined by the agency;
  • During the most recent 12-month period, met, at the expense of the individual, the standards for qualification in firearms training for active LEOs, as determined by the former agency of the individual, the state in which the individual resides or, if the state has not established such standards, either a law enforcement agency within the state in which the individual resides or the standards used by a certified firearms instructor that is qualified to conduct a firearms qualification test for active duty officers within that state; and
  • Has not been officially found by a qualified medical professional employed by the agency to be unqualified for reasons relating to mental health or has not entered into an agreement with the agency from which the individual is separating from service in which that individual acknowledges he or she is not qualified under this section for reasons relating to mental health.

It is not enough to be a QRLEO, see the photographic identification & firearms qualification section below.

It should be noted that for retirees carrying under LEOSA, the federal law grants you NO enforcement authority. You are merely a citizen with a nationwide concealed carry permit.

Although this list is not exhaustive, qualified officers include those that are employed by or have retired or been separated from the following agencies:

  • LEOs employed by public agencies;
  • Civilian police officers employed by the U.S. Government;
  • Military police officers;
  • Amtrak police;
  • Federal Reserve LEO; and
  • Officers of the executive branch of the federal government.