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Retired Police Right to Carry Weapons

The LEOSA qualification will start again on June 25 at 1400 hours. Each class is limited to 15 students max, and face masks or coverings are required. 
The Police Personnel Section will contact everyone whose qualification times were cancelled to reschedule. Contact the Office Assistant at 410-887-2208 or email for any questions or issues.

Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act for 2004 (Federal Right to Carry)

Retired members of the Baltimore County Police Department (BCoPD) must meet all Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) requirements to be eligible for the certification program. The requirements include:

  • Retired in good standing from the agency as a law enforcement officer, other than for reasons of mental instability. He or she must have had 10 years or more of active service or retired with a service-connected disability. A person retiring as the result of a service-connected disability must have completed his or her probationary period.
  • Retiree has a non-forfeitable right to benefits under the retirement plan of the agency.
  • During the most recent 12-month period, he or she has met, at the expense of the individual, the State's standards for the training and qualification for active law enforcement officers to carry firearms.
  • Retiree is not under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicating or hallucinatory drug or substance, including prescription drugs or any drug which may impair the retiree's ability to qualify at the BCoPD range.
  • Retiree is not prohibited by Federal law to possess a firearm.

Retiree Requirements

Retiree requirements include:

  • Submitting a completed Retiree Certification Form (RCF) to the County's LEOSA Coordinator.
  • Submitting to a background check.
  • Presenting a current Departmental retiree photo identification card to the range.
  • Completing a Range Liability Waiver.
  • Attending a five-hour training session, which includes classroom and qualification courses.

Certification Program

Retirees who attend the certification program will be able to qualify:

  • On the type of weapon that you were initially trained with or converted to by the Department.
  • With a weapon that is approved for off-duty use by active members.
  • Two of the most common weapons carried by officers include:
    • Smith and Wesson Model 60 (Revolver: .38 cal)
    • SIG Sauer Model P239 (Semi-automatic: 9mm and .40 cal)
    • Note: The above are only examples of weapons that are permitted. They are not the only acceptable pistols.

Qualification Course

For the qualification course, you must:

  • Bring your own 60 rounds of factory ammunition for the qualification course.
  • Bring an additional 40 rounds of ammunition in the event it is needed.
  • Qualify and carry the ammunition that meets the specifications developed by the Firearms Training Team.

Weapons and Equipment Criteria

All weapons and ammunition must meet the following specifications.


Allowed caliber will be .38, .357 Magnum, 9mm, .40, .357 SIG and .45 ACP


The caliber will be determined and posted by the Firearms Training Team with the approval of the Training Section Commander. The ammunition must be factory-manufactured and no reloads will be permitted for use at the range. The following ammunition specifications have been approved for off-duty carry:

  •  9mm 115-147 hollow point
  • .40 cal 165-180 hydra-shock or hollow point
  • .45 cal 185-230 hollow point
  • .357 SIG 125-150 hollow point
  • .38 cal 125-147 hollow point


  • Your weapon must be a revolver or a pistol.
  • All pistols must have an internal safety device that will block the firing pin from striking the cartridge unless the trigger is pulled.
  • Weapons equipped with a "striker" firing pin must operate in the double action mode where the pin is drawn back with each pull of the trigger prior to its release.
  • No pistol may have an external safety device except trigger-blocking devices that are required by Maryland law.
  • Pistols designed for double action-single action (DA-SA) are acceptable. In the cases of DA-SA pistols, the external de-cocking lever can only be designed to safely lower the hammer on a loaded cartridge and not as a safety.
  • The trigger pull for any pistol must not be less than six pounds for the double action and, if applicable, four pounds for the single.
  • The trigger pull for a revolver must not be less than eight pounds.
  • The revolver chosen must have an internal safety designed to block the hammer from striking the cartridge case unless the trigger is pulled. (Internal hammers are acceptable.)
  • You are responsible for repairs to the weapons; not the range staff.
  • No modified weapons.


LEOSA requires annual completion of the RCF, criminal background check, classroom instruction and range qualification.

The retiree will:

  1. Review the qualification calendar and choose a preferred date as well as second and third choice dates. You may not be given your selected choice. Please carefully read your confirmation email to confirm the scheduled date.
  2. Within 60 days of your LEOSA expiration date (submissions prior to 60 days will not be accepted), complete the Retiree Certification Form (PDF) and submit it to James Perlie via fax at 410-825-5991, by email to, or by mail to
    Police Personnel Section
    700 East Joppa Road
    Towson, Maryland 21286
  3. Once the certification has been approved by the Personnel Section, you will be contacted to schedule a date. Plan on a three-week waiting period from submission until you are contacted. Note: You won't be permitted to participate in the County's LEOSA qualification program without first receiving confirmation from the LEOSA Coordinator or the range personnel. If you only have questions about weapons or ammunition, contact the range personnel.

The LEOSA Coordinator will:

  1. Review the RCF and verify your status upon retirement to make sure you left in good standing.
  2. Initiate a criminal record check.
  3. Review all documents for final approval.
  4. The range personnel will email you of a confirmed qualification. Plan on a three-week waiting period between submission and when you are contacted. Please don't call the range. Any range scheduling issues should be emailed to

Range personnel will:

  1. Facilitate the required classroom instruction and range qualification.
  2. Affix a sticker of qualification to your current identification card upon the successful completion of qualification.

Qualification Calendar

Choose your preferred qualification dates and time from the calendar below:


  • April 8, 1400 hours
  • April 22, 1400 hours
  • May 6, 1400 hours
  • May 13, 1400 hours
  • June 10, 1400 hours
  • June 24, 1400 hours
  • July 15, 1400 hours
  • July 29, 1400 hours
  • August 5, 1400 hours
  • August 19, 1400 hours
  • September 9, 1400 hours
  • September 23, 1400 hours
  • October 7, 1400 hours
  • October 21, 1400 hours
  • November 4, 1400 hours
  • November 18, 1400 hours
  • December 9, 1400 hours
  • December 16, 1400 hours

Additional qualification dates will be announced as they become available.

Revised April 1, 2021         


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