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LEGISLATIVE ALERT: S. 253, the "Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act"!!!

At this writing, we expect that S. 253 will be considered at the next Committee meeting on 6 March and we expect that Senator Kennedy will offer any one or all of the following amendments, all of which are intended to delay and frustrate its passage out of committee:

Amendment #127 would allow political subdivisions of States (local governments) to prohibit off-duty active and retired law enforcement officers from carrying under the provisions of the bill.

Amendment #128 would eliminate the exemption for retired law enforcement officers.

Amendment #129 would allow local governments to prohibit concealed weapons in churches, schools, bars, sport stadiums, government offices, hospitals, health facilities and any place where alcohol is served.

Amendments #130 would allow law enforcement agencies' rules, policies and practices to prohibit active law enforcement officers from carrying weapons even while off-duty.

Amendment #131 would allow law enforcement agencies' rules, policies and practices to prohibit active law enforcement officers from carrying weapons even while off-duty and ensure that retired officers did not have a "greater right" to carry concealed firearms than active officers.

Amendment #132 would allow States opt out of complying with the Federal law.

Amendments #133 would expand the Federal prohibition of certain ammunition to include performance-based standards for handguns and centerfire rifles.

The F.O.P. opposes all seven (7) amendments.

It is CRITICAL that we get the word out to our members to contact Senator Kennedy and register our view on his opposition to our TOP PRIORITY. The F.O.P. website (www.grandlodgefop.org) has a letter which you can send to Senator Kennedy.

SENATOR KENNEDY'S OFFICE MUST ALSO BE FLOODED WITH PHONE CALLS AND FAXES. E-MAIL ALONE WON'T GET THE JOB DONE!!! PLEASE TAKE THE EXTRA TIME TO PHONE SENATOR KENNEDY IN WASHINGTON, D.C. OR HIS BOSTON OFFICE.

Senator Edward M. Kennedy (MA)
[Senator Kennedy intends to vote against the bill as introduced.]
Staff contact: Robin Toone, 202-224-7878; Fax (202) 224-2417
Boston staff contact: Tom Cronyn, (617) 565-3170
[email protected]

The F.O.P. will continue to oppose ALL of the Kennedy amendments and will work to ensure that these amendments fail if offered at the mark-up next week. We are asking ALL F.O.P. Members to contact their Senators--especially those on the Judiciary Committee (listed below) and ask them to vote AGAINST the Kennedy amendments and FOR S. 253.

The following Members are cosponsors of the bill--ask them to vote AGAINST the Kennedy amendments and THANK them for supporting our bill.

Senator Orrin G Hatch, Chairman (UT)
Staff contact: Reed O'Connor, 202-224-5225
email: [email protected]

Senator Patrick J. Leahy, Ranking Member (VT)
Staff Contact: Ed Pagano, 202-224-7703
email: [email protected]

Senator Charles E. Grassley (IA)
Staff contact: Chad Groover, 202-224-5564
email: [email protected]

Senator Jon L. Kyl (AZ)
Staff contact: Joe Matal, 202-224-4521
email: n/a, website: www.kyl.senate.gov

Senator Mike DeWine (OH)
Staff contact: Evelyn Fortier, 202-224-9494
email: [email protected]

Senator Jeff Sessions (AL)
Staff contact: Andrea Sander, 202-224-7572
email: [email protected]

Senator Lindsey Graham (SC)
Staff contact: James Galyean, 202-224-5972
email: n/a website: : www.lgraham.senate.gov

Senator Larry Craig
Staff contact: Brooke Roberts, 202-224-2752
email: n/a website: www.craig.senate.gov/portal9.htm

Senator Saxby Chambliss
Staff contact: Camila MacLean, 202-224-3521
email: [email protected]

Senator John Cornyn
Staff contact: Tiffany Turner, 202-224-2934
email: n/a website: www.cornyn.senate.gov

Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA)
Staff contact: David Hantman, 202-224-4933
email: n/a, website: www.feinstein.senate.gov

Senator Charles E. Schumer (NY)
Staff contact: Jim Flood, 202-224-6542
email: [email protected]

Senator John R. Edwards (NC)
Staff contact: Robert Gordon, 202-2243154
email: n/a, website: edwards.senate.gov

The following Members of the Judiciary Committee are NOT cosponsors. Contact them and ask them to vote AGAINST the Kennedy amendments and FOR S. 253:

Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr (DE)
Staff contact: Eric Rosen, 202-224-0558
email: [email protected]

Senator Herbert H. Kohl (WI)
Staff contact: Jeff Miller, 202-224-3406
email: [email protected]

Senator Russ Feingold (WI)
Staff contact: Alex Buzanski, 202-224-5573
email: n/a, website: feingold.senate.gov

Senator Richard J. Durbin (IL)
Staff contact: Chris Kang, 202-224-2152
email: [email protected]

Senator Arlen Specter (PA)
Staff contact: Frank Brown, 202-224-4254
email: [email protected]

Be advised that the Legislative Section of the Grand Lodge website (www.grandlodgefop.org) has installed a "Legislative Alert" in our "Write to Congress" section. There you can find an e-mail specifically addressed to Senator Kennedy which asks him to withdraw his amendments and support S. 253. Make sure you get this information out to the State & local lodges and members in your region!

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the National Legislative Office at (202) 547 - 8189 or [email protected].

Chris L. Granberg
Senior Legislative Liaison

Fraternal Order of Police
National Legislative Office
309 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
(O) (202) 547 - 8189
(F) (202) 547 - 8190

grandlodgefop.org
 

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Where is the link to the letter you can email the Senator with?

I searched the site and I can find it.

Gil
 

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Hey,
What about the "Senators Safety Act"? it requires cars driven by Ted to be equiped with self-righting floatation devices. (sorry couldn't resist)
 

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He may be on the FOP's shit list, but the MPA seems to like partying with him. (See the photo spread in the most recent issue of "The Sentinel") It was during the National Law Enforcement Officers' memorial event in D.C.

After reading the above post several months ago and just seeing his bloated mug partying with MPA E-Board members, I was a little confused.
Has he changed his opinion or is the Mass Law Enforcement community just looking the other way?
 

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Mikey682 said:
He may be on the FOP's shit list, but the MPA seems to like partying with him. (See the photo spread in the most recent issue of "The Sentinel") It was during the National Law Enforcement Officers' memorial event in D.C.

After reading the above post several months ago and just seeing his bloated mug partying with MPA E-Board members, I was a little confused.
Has he changed his opinion or is the Mass Law Enforcement community just looking the other way?
MPA also endorsed Mitt Romney who yes left the Quinn Bill alone but took local aid, which in turn some cities and towns had to lay off police officers. Good choice MPA
 

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How can this asshole make laws not letting us carry off-duty. I have a valid L.T.C does that mean I still can't carry off-duty if those assnine bills get passed?
 

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Well apparently the Chappaquidick express thinks it should be in the chief or selectboards hands whether a retired or off duty officer can carry. Nothing like an officer quitting/retiring on a sour note with the chief (or selectboard) and BAM no more gun. F*ck that, thats what a judicial review is for, not for some chief or selectman to get back at an old grudge or unburied hatchet.
 

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Seeing as he is so obviously outraged by the possession of firearms by law abiding citizens(never mind police officers off-duty etc), I am wondering if his bodyguards that I once saw carrying MP5s while guarding him will start carrying pepper spray instead. F*&k'n bloated hypocrite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just like Rosie O'Donnell and all those anti-gun big brother nutbags...................
 
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