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November 15, 2013

Sheriff's retirees may be allowed concealed carry

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The Niagara County Legislature will vote on a resolution allowing retired police officers in the county to carry concealed weapons.

In compliance with the Law Enforcement Officer’s Safety Act, passed in 2004, retirees from the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office would be exempt from state and local laws barring concealed weapons as long as they undergo yearly certification with the NCSO.

The certification for retirees would come at no expense to taxpayers, said Thomas Beatty, chief deputy of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, speaking Tuesday at a Community Safety and Security Committee meeting.

“They’d have to come in at their own expense, and bring their own weapon and ammunition,” Beatty said, adding that the NCSO would provide certification services only to their own retirees, and only retirees who have served ten years or more qualify.

The resolution had previously been tabled in September amidst concerns that the county could be held liable for any accidents that happen because of the certification.

The full Legislature will vote on the resolution on Tuesday.

The committee also carried a three year renewal of an agreement with Orleans County to use Niagara County’s forensic lab services, if the full legislature approves the deal.

Orleans County will pay $12,500 for use of the lab and equipment, as well as reimbursing any Niagara County Sheriff’s department employees who have to go to Orleans County to testify their findings.  

Contact reporter Kaley Lynch at 439-9222, ext. 6245

Contact reporter Kaley Lynch at 439-9222, ext. 6245

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