Firearms & Concealed Carry Information
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Process for applying for Retired APD Weapon Proficiency
||FIRST and FOREMOST: You cannot apply
until AFTER you have retired.
(you have to swear
that - "I am an honorably RETIRED police officer")
||READ the INSTRUCTIONS document
FILL OUT the following two forms
||Both of these have to be NOTARIZED
MAIL the completed forms for
|Austin Police Department
|P.O. Box 689001
|Austin, TX 78768-9001
||Complete the Firearms
Affidavit form / Renewal
||Make sure to get it NOTARIZED
||NOTE: Some retirees were approved
before the Liability form was used. If one is not on file, then
of Risk and Covenant Not to Sue needs to be filled out.
||Renewal Forms can be turned in the same way as shown
||Once you get the application/renewal has been approved, CONTACT
THE RANGE and SCHEDULE A TIME to qualify
!! The phone number for the Range is (512)
||After qualifying, you will receive a Certificate
of Proficiency. Once you have this, complete the following form
(it does NOT need to be notarized).
If you do not already have a Retired Officer ID
Card (which is different that the Firearms Proficiency ID Card),
complete the form below:
||Take the following documents / cards with
you to obtain the Firearms Proficiency ID Card:
- Certificate of Proficiency (issued by APD
- Application for Firearms Proficiency ID Card
- Honorably Retired Peace Officer ID Card...OR...an APPROVED
Application for Honorably Retired Peace Officer ID Card
- SPECIAL NOTE - HOURS
of OPERATION for ID CARDS. These are the ONLY hours that they
will take photos and issue ID cards!! You must have completed
all paperwork and qualified at the range before attempting
to get your photo and ID card.
- NOTE: As of 7/01/08, ID cards are NO longer made
at the main.
- The new location is at 1124 South IH-35 on
the 3rd floor of the Housing Authority of the City
of Austin (HACA) building, Room 301.
Park on the upper deck of the CTM parking
with blue signs. Proceed to the main CTM
3rd Floor entrance and the receptionist
you in or
call (512) 974-7777.
- The times are on Tuesday from 8am to 12pm,
and on Thursday from 1pm to 3pm.
- Everyone needs to make sure they have all their
paper work. When you walk into the building you need to check
in with security. The office for ID’s is
on the 3rd floor.
- Call CTM Corporate Security at (512)
974-7777 24-hours prior to
your desired time slot to ensure they have adequate
National Right To Carry
The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act, known as HR218, gave all
officers, active and retired, the right to carry a weapon in all states.
There are many sites on the Internet where you can read the law or
one of the many question and answer sites, which may answer any question
you may have about that law. The biggest difference between the State
and Federal law is that State law requires you qualify every other
year while Federal law requires you to qualify yearly.
For those who no longer live in Texas check to see if the State you
are living in has a State agency that issues ID cards to out of state
retired officers who qualify on their state approve course. If they
do you may want to obtain one instead of having to come back to Texas
just to get an ID card. If they do not offer an ID card for out of
state officers you may consider obtaining the APD Honorably Retired
Officer ID card, which does not expire. Then you can qualify each year
in the state you live in and that should be all you need to be covered
under the Federal Right to Carry Law.
If you travel out of state a lot and want to carry
your weapon in other states you will have to qualify every
year. APD allows us to qualify once every other year, so in
the off year you need to qualify and carry proof. Tom Schaefer and
J.D. LaFosse have offered the use of their ranges. They are instructors
and they can notarize the required State forms, all of which they should
have on hand. You will need your own ammo. Once they have signed off
on your qualification form no other action is needed. Keep the form
for your records and a copy with you when you travel in case you have
to prove when you qualified. You can contact at:
Schaefer Training Academy
948 Sandy Creek Road
Dale, TX 78616
J.D. Lafosse's Range / WCSO Range
Williamson County Range
Note: This has changed alot, J.D. retired and they now have many
3901 CR 130
Call first at (512) 846-1224
click HERE for map
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