Collins Bill to Protect Law Enforcement is Signed into Law

Jun 22, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON– Today, H.R. 2137, the Federal Law Enforcement Self Defense and Protection Act was signed into law by the President. Congressman Collins, who authored the bill, issued the following statement:

“Dangerous situations can arise in any circumstance when you are a law enforcement officer. Part of your job is being prepared to respond. As the son of a Georgia State Trooper, I know the dangers faced by police officers every day. During the 2013 lapse in federal appropriations funding, around 1800 officers were forced to hand over their federally issued weapons, because of an inconsistent interpretation of policy. These highly trained officers, who are tasked with protecting public safety, were needlessly disarmed on a technicality. H.R. 2137 will clarify the law to ensure that this does not happen again, because crime does not stop simply because officers are off duty. I am proud to see this common sense legislation signed in to law.”

“I am grateful to Chairman Bob Goodlatte for his leadership in moving this legislation successfully through the House Judiciary Committee, and to Representatives Gabbard, Reichert, and Pascrell, and Senator Toomey, for their tireless support for our nation’s federal law enforcement officers. I would also like to thank the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the National Association of Police Organizations for their unwavering advocacy, and the important role they play in representing our nation’s law enforcement officers.”

H.R. 2137 is Congressman Collins’ second piece of legislation to be signed into law by the President this year. Last month, the Defend Trade Secrets Act became law after passing both the Senate and the House with overwhelming support.