Originally Posted by Bobby Ricigliano
Peace officers cannot just buy RAW's because of their job title. With a Chief's letter you can buy a specific authorized duty gun. Without it, you follow the same rules as everyone else.
The only real exemption LEO's automatically get is hi-cap mags and non rostered handguns. I have been a full time LEO for 12+ years in California, and all of my EBR's are configured in a manner in which anybody could possess them legally. I just happen to run everything featureless, which is the next best thing to a RAW in California.
You are incorrect. With a letter specifying which weapon, LE can buy and legally possess assault weapon(s) that do not require buttons or mag restrictions. May be used for on duty depending on agency guidelines or off duty for personal use. I know a number of small agencies that give their officers letters.
Now the questions arises as to what happens when you retire or leave LE. As of now, I have been told that DOJ/ATF sends you documentation which indicates that you can not legally possess the weapon after you retire, etc...I am not sure how they are enforcing this at this time and how they know when you retire.