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HR 218 Exemption on Magazine Capacity?

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by federali, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. With the most recent changes in HR 218, does anyone know if current/former LEOs are exempt from magazine capacity restrictions in the handfull of states restricting capacity to ten rounds?
  2. Steve in PA

    Steve in PA

    Mar 1, 2000
    They did not address the magazine capacity restriction.

  3. ^^^ The recent changes did not address ammo capacity. It only addressed ammo restrictions (ie: N.J.'s "no hollow points") by removing that type of restriction.

    I would imagine if you're still a working LEO, and you carried your duty gun/approved off-duty under LEOSA, capacity would not be an issue. If you're retired, then I don't know.
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2011
  4. Please, correct me if I am wrong, but I think that the magazine capacity is a non issue if you obtained them legally. Like you still have them after you retire! The issue on the magazine capacity is if you are obtaining them afterwords, like through the mail or from someone else! :dunno:
  5. Hack

    Hack Crazy CO Gold Member

    I don't know. Should I carry my usual tool up to the northeast this summer I may go ahead and go by magazine restriction to help keep out of any trouble that could erupt from it, since I am pretty much on my own anyway for off duty purposes. In which case I may get myself a gun that carries bigger bullets.
  6. Personally speaking, if you're an out of state LEO with valid creds, the last thing I'm going to worry about is your mag capacity or if you have hollowpoints.

    That's just my opinion though.
  7. Steve in PA

    Steve in PA

    Mar 1, 2000
    ^^^^^ Hopefully very true, however......until they addressed the hollowpoint ammo issue, we all "heard" about the numerous arrests that were made in NJ, but none ever seemed to make it to LEO web sites or publications!
  8. Yes, this is how I would want it to work out in real life - especially for the retired LEOs. I was looking at it from what the black letter law actually said (or didn't say). I certainly don't want to be the test case.
  9. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

    My understanding is that out of state LEO's on official duty is considered a CA peace officer while in state under our penal code so the same exemptions for large capacity feeding devices (our lingo for regular capacity magazine over 10 rounds) would apply to them as long as they are working.

    Off-duty LEO's here on vacation or whatever who are carrying under LEOSA are not considered CA peace officers but rather, civilians who have carry privileges under federal law. As such, they would not be exempt from the law prohibiting the importation of large capacity feeding devices into this state, unless the magazine was already in the state prior to the ban.

    There is some weird loophole about the magazine being in the state and then you move outside of the state and now you're coming back or something but I didn't read into it much.

    As a practical matter, I wouldn't give a rat's arse if you are an off duty carrying under LEOSA and had a beta mag on your AR pistol which you concealed under your tank top and cargo shorts, but unfortunately, I can't speak for all of my brethren and some overzealous DA's who want to make a name for himself.
  10. mrsurfboard

    mrsurfboard The Anti-Glock

    May 23, 2010
    Funny part is NJ retired Officers still can't carry hollowpoint in NJ as per the NJSP.

    Page #3: S.1132

    I just checked the NJSP website and apparently it hasn't been updated since 03/10 (for Retired PO carry permits) or to reflect the new changes......Go figure.....:dunno:
  12. Sippo


    Jul 27, 2010
    Just attended a 4-hour seminar sponsored by Sheepdog Academy ( on LEOSA. Magazine restrictions do apply to off-duty carry under LEOSA. Steve Mannion, Esq., in fact listed the usual suspect States that magazine restrictions apply. This was a seminar intended for LEO's, active and retired.
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2011
  13. LEOSA's black letter law doesn't address this ammo limit restriction. AFAIK, no case law is relevant on this point. So, unfortunitely, Mr. Mannion's legal opinion seems to be on point.

    How many states have ammo limit restriction? CA and NY. Who else?
  14. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

    Jan 26, 2001
    carry you duty gun, as in issued by the department. if youre challenged in a commie state about its magazine capasity what can they do under leosa? arrest you? seize your duty gun and let the attorney generals fight it out? would be an interesting test case and id like to see a jury's decision on it, not a judge's.
  15. ^^^ That's why I don't see this as an issue for off-duty LEOs carrying in those states.

    For the retired LEOs, I'd like to see black letter law allowing them to carry mags they were issued as LEOs. Or at least, (requiring them to meet the shooting qualifications of the state where they reside) allowing them to use the same mag capacity as that of their resident state's LE.
  16. mrsurfboard

    mrsurfboard The Anti-Glock

    May 23, 2010
    Many County Prosecutors in NJ forbid Officers from taking their dept issued weapons out of state. Liability reasons they say.
  17. mrsurfboard

    mrsurfboard The Anti-Glock

    May 23, 2010
    From what I've heard recently on this, the prohibition still applies to NJ retirees. They recommend either critical defense, power balls or EFMJs to circumvent the stupidity of NJ. Also permits for retired carry in NJ are backed up at least 6 months. Almost seems like they don't even want retired cops carrying here.
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2011
  18. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

    Sounds about right for Jersey. Wonder how CA is implementing their retiree CCW's for those agencies which are dicking their own people around.
  19. I'm not sure just how many Troopers are assigned to the RPO Permit Unit. Maybe 4949 can chime in on this one....:dunno:
  20. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

    Oct 28, 2005
    Circling the wagons.
    Carrying the department issued duty gun while off duty is actually prohibited by more agencies than you would think.