What's up guys, I've been having a debate with my chief about the ccw laws for the state and how they affect LE. Here is an excerpt from the State DOJ Law Enforcement Liason Publication: III. POSSESSING AND CARRYING FIREARMS A. Carrying Concealed Weapons "Only certain categories of persons in North Carolina are allowed, in particular circumstances, to carry concealed weapons... The following categories of persons are exempt from the restriction of North Carolina's concealed weapons laws: 2. Civil and law enforcement officers of the United States 4. Officers of the State, or of any county, city, or town, charged with the execution of the laws of the State, when acting in the discharge of their official duties... 8. State probation or parole certified officers, when off-duty, provided that an officer does not carry a concealed weapon while consuming alcohol or an unlawful controlled substance remains in the officer's body. 9. Sworn law enforcement officer, when off-duty, provided that an officer does not carry a concealed weapon while consuming alcohol or an unlawful controlled substance remains in the officer's body." Link to the publication : http://ncja.ncdoj.gov/getdoc/a18f57fc-d990-43f0-8982-feb1f4c72deb/NC-Firearms-Laws-Pub-2011.aspx Obviously I left out the sections not relevant to my forthcoming question, they mainly deal with National Guard and DA's, ADA's and DA Investigators... but I provided the link in case anyone wants to read it. It really is a good compilation of NC Gun Laws. OK, here is the question/issues. No where in the publication does it state that the Officer has to qualify with the off-duty weapon, which is where the debate picks up. Key phrase is "The following categories of persons are exempt from the restriction of North Carolina's concealed weapons laws" Our firearms instructor went over the law in our last class, and as it reads he told us that duty weapons are off limits "off-duty", but personal weapons are good to go off-duty and we don't need to qualify with them. However, local PD chief states that you have to qualify with off-duty gun. Clearly, two differing opinions, PD chief states it is implied that you have to qualify. FI obviously disagrees, but foresees the Dept. adding some qualification course for off-duty carry into policy. My question is, who has the more common sense approach? I think that the PD approach deals with policy more than with the way the law reads. What's the general thought from my fellow NC LEO's. What does your Dept. or Agency say about off-duty carry. Is qualification policy driven? Thanks a bunch... Wanna kill these ads? We can help!