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Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati Correctional Officer Self-Protection Act of 2017
This bill amends the federal criminal code to require the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to allow a correctional officer at a federal prison or correctional institution to: (1) store firearms on BOP premises in a secure storage area outside the security perimeter of the institution or in a vehicle lockbox, and (2) carry a concealed firearm on BOP premises outside the security perimeter of the institution.
Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To amend title 18, United States Code, to require that the Director of the Bureau of Prisons ensure that each chief executive officer of a Federal penal or correctional institution provides a secure storage area located outside of the secure perimeter of the Federal penal or correctional institution for firearms carried by certain employees of the Bureau of Prisons, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
This Act may be cited as the “Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati Correctional Officer Self-Protection Act of 2017”.
Congress finds that—
(1) the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 (Public Law 108–277; 118 Stat. 865) gives certain law enforcement officers, including certain correctional officers of the Bureau of Prisons, the right to carry a concealed firearm in all 50 States for self-protection;
(2) the purpose of that Act is to allow certain law enforcement officers to protect themselves while off duty;
(3) correctional officers of the Bureau of Prisons have been the targets of assaults and murders while off duty; and
(4) while that Act allows certain law enforcement officers to protect themselves off duty, the Director of the Bureau of Prisons allows correctional officers of the Bureau of Prisons to securely store personal firearms at only 31 Federal penal and correctional institutions while at work.
(a) In general.—Chapter 303 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
“(1) the term ‘employee’ means a qualified law enforcement officer employed by the Bureau of Prisons; and
“(2) the terms ‘firearm’ and ‘qualified law enforcement officer’ have the meanings given those terms under section 926B.
“(B) allows employees to store firearms in a vehicle lockbox approved by the Director of the Bureau of Prisons; and
“(2) notwithstanding any other provision of law (including regulations), allows employees to carry concealed firearms on the premises outside of the secure perimeter of the institution.”.
(b) Technical and conforming amendment.—The table of sections for chapter 303 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
Passed the House of Representatives May 15, 2018.
|Attest:||karen l. haas,|