Monday, former President Donald J. Trump made sure to leave a parting gift ensuring law enforcement officials and their families knew how much the president respected and appreciated their work and sacrifices for state and country.
Former President Trump issued an executive order (EO) that aimed to protect qualified active and retired law enforcement officials and their families.
This EO allows for these qualified law enforcement officials to carry concealed firearms.
The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) President, Larry Cosme, said in a letter to members on the new EO, “It is a major policy statement that lays the groundwork for the federal government, including Congress, to make a stronger effort towards ensuring federal law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges, and their families have the means necessary to stay safe.
“The FLEOA sent the link out, tweeting, “Yesterday, we were happy to see that the outgoing Administration acted on an issues that FLEOA had been pressing them and Congress to address due to the importance to the law enforcement community- the personal safety of law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and their families.”
Yesterday, we were happy to see that the outgoing Administration acted on an issues that FLEOA had been pressing them and Congress to address due to the importance to the law enforcement community- the personal safety of law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and their families. pic.twitter.com/APmFnm1Vsy
— FLEOA (@FLEOAORG) January 19, 2021
The order states, It shall be the policy of the United States to remove any undue obstacle preventing current or retired Federal law enforcement officers from carrying a concealed firearm as allowed under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004, as amended (18 U.S.C. 926B, 926C)
Esther Salas, a federal judge from NJ, mourned the loss of her son after he was fatally shot by a gunman who located their home based on information online. Her husband was left wounded, unable to help save his son.
Justice Salas spoke of the crime, “Information from the internet allowed this sick and depraved human being to find and target us… there was nothing we could do to stop it and that is unacceptable.”
The justification for the policy written into the order stated, “Judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers should not have to choose between pubic service and subjecting themselves and their families to danger.”
Additionally, the order applies to federal prosecutors who feel at risk while performing their government duties. The policy provides, “special deputation as a Deputy United States Marshall,” which means when prosecutors feel at risk, they will have the same protections granted to law enforcement.
Larry Leiser, President of the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys (NAAUSA) explained in a statement, “Since 2018, nearly 500 threats have been levied against Assistant U.S. Attorneys. As we saw in the attack on Judge Salas, these threats can have tragic consequences if acted upon. For AUSAs thee threats are considered a known risk of the job, but the families of AUSAs should not fall victim to the administration of justice.”