Saturday, September 30, 2023

Police officers are allowed to carry firearms off-duty | Beyond the Valley

MEXICALI – Congress approved the reform of the Law on the State Citizen Security System in Baja California, with the aim that police officers can carry their weapons even when off duty, satisfying certain requirements.

Due to the recent criminal events in which many police officers lost their lives in the State, representatives Juan Manuel Molina García and Diego Echevarría Ibarra, separately presented initiatives in line with the same that vision, which is to support the security and protection of the agents who ensure that they are not defenseless after their transfer.

The two initials consider that elements of the public security operation are in constant danger of suffering minor injuries or even death, on or off duty, because not only a policeman while wearing the uniform, one also when one is at home with the family, or to do the activities of daily life.

In this way, the reform of the aforementioned Law, in its article 46, considers that the police can carry their firearm after their duty hours, accredited by the Official Collective License.

In addition, they must meet certain requirements: Submit an application to the head of the institution to which they belong, justifying the reasons for carrying it, subject to a control and assessment of trust, not involved in a criminal process or convicted of a crime, intentional, not suspended or disqualified for serious reasons and without complaints of family violence.

Molina García, with the intention of not causing a lack of weapons in this change, suggests that the Secretariat of Citizen Security (SSC) will celebrate the agreements with the competent federal authority to implement the repair of weapons that are not used in police institutions. The above is shown in article 19.

The claims were supported by the members of the XXIV Legislature, in solidarity with the members of the police corporations, who provided their services in favor of the people of Baja California.

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