I'm not 100% convinced that petitions actually mean anything or that anything will come out of it....but at least there's something out there to gain attention to the fact that Coasties need coverage under law that every other LEO out there is covered for. This may bring about changes to our CAC ID where BTM's and BO's have that specifically marked on their ID (and have to have it updated every year). Either way, I'm sure there's at least 5000 people on this site alone that at least get the word out. If not for yourself, do it for your fellow Coastie that may rely on this someday due to restrictions on ability to get a conceal carry by their local government.
PS....yes, I know that past court rulings have held that USCG is covered by it. But there also has been court costs and time wasted getting the courts to rule that way. If it's specifically in the language and specifically on our ID's, then that time wasted in court can be better spent on duty or teaching others at the unit (or even spending time with family).
And there's also this article to consider: http://www.policemag.com/channel/we...o-you.aspx
"As members of the Coast Guard, both Booth and Diaz qualified for LEOSA prior to a recent amendment to the statute. With the http://www.policemag.com/channel/we...o-you.aspx
, however, they likely do not.
On Jan. 2, 2013, LEOSA was amended to specifically allow for active
and "retired" (as defined by LEOSA) military and DOD police and law
enforcement officers with UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice)
apprehension authority to qualify for the statute; however, also hidden
within the amendment was language mandating that all QLEOs now carry a
photographic ID that "identifies the employee as a police or law
enforcement officer of the agency," and that QRLEOs carry a photographic
ID "that identifies the person as having been employed as a police or
law enforcement officer."
The DOD has not amended its own policy on LEOSA, DODI 5525.12,
resulting in an inability for many that are now able to qualify, and
those that previously did, to obtain the requisite photographic
identification card. A standard CAC or blue retiree card will not work
for LEOSA purposes, as the photographic ID needed to identify the
individual as either being actively or having once been employed as a
police or law enforcement officer of the agency."
So, any thoughts from all the wonderful folks around our little water cooler?