Do You Qualify to Participate?
Current Law Enforcement Officers (LEO)
Per Title 18 U.S.C., in order to qualify for participation in the LEOSA an individual must be considered a Qualified Law Enforcement Officer as defined by Section 926B of Title 18 U.S.C.
Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 5525.12 “Implementation of the Amended LEOSA” tasks the Service Chiefs with the authority to issue photographic law enforcement identification to qualified retired and separated law enforcement officers to support their participation in the LEOSA.
For the purposes of obtaining a Marine Corps 926B law enforcement identification card a Qualified Law Enforcement Officer is defined as an individual that meets the following criteria:
Is authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution of, or the incarceration of, any person for any violation of the law.
Marines assigned Military Occupational Specialties 5803, 5811, 5805, and 5821 and Marine Corps civilian police officers assigned Job Series 0083, 1811, and 1812 are considered authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution of, or the incarceration of, any person for any violation of the law.
Only the above listed military occupational specialties and job series are considered eligible to receive Marine Corps 926B law enforcement identification.
Has statutory powers of arrest or apprehension under section 807(b) of Title 10, United States Code and is authorized by the Marine Corps to carry a firearm in the performance of duties.
Title 10 U.S.C. section 807(b) is commonly referred to as Article 7(b) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ)
Is not the subject of any disciplinary action by the organization that could result in a suspension or loss of police powers.
An endorsement from the applicants commanding officer will be required to substantiate this requirement.
Past disciplinary actions taken against the applicant may not automatically disqualify the applicant from being approved for the issuance of Marine Corps 926B law enforcement identification; these circumstances are handled on a case by case basis.
Meets the organization’s standards, if any, which require the employee to regularly qualify in the use of a firearm of the same type (e.g., revolver or semiautomatic pistol) as the concealed firearm.
To qualify for issuance of Marine Corps 926B law enforcement identification you must have a current firearms qualification for the type of weapon (semiautomatic/revolver) you intend to carry concealed.
If you have recently qualified (within the previous 12-months) on the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Officer Handgun Course your considered qualified to carry any semiautomatic handgun.
If you intend to carry a revolver or are not currently qualified on the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Officer Handgun Course you will be required to obtain a law enforcement firearms qualification from the State or a qualified marksmanship instructor.
Qualifications other than the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Officer Handgun Course will be at the expense of the individual.
Is not under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicating or hallucinatory drug or substance
While carrying a concealed firearm under the provisions of the LEOSA the individual must be capable of exercising exceptional judgement.
Using alcohol or other intoxicating drugs or substances while carrying concealed is strictly forbidden and may result in the revocation of an individual’s Marine Corps 926B law enforcement identification.
Is not prohibited by federal law from receiving a firearm
Common disqualifiers are misdemeanor/felony Lautenberg convictions or any other felony conviction.
18 U.S.C., Section 922 (g) provides a detailed list of other persons prohibited from possessing a firearm.
If an individual previously issued Marine Corps 926B law enforcement identification is convicted of a crime which results in a prohibition to receive a firearm the credential will be revoked.