No gun, no job for policeman

May 14, 2014 

A St. Louis newspaper recently reported that an Alorton police officer was arrested for domestic violence. The article also reported he has had several run-ins with the law and was charged, but not convicted of felony assault and was a suspect in a murder case, but was not indicted.

I didn't know we were so desperate for police officers and I hope the new Metro East Police Commission gets going and improves these police departments. Also, if convicted of domestic battery or violence, I hope the St. Clair County state's attorney and the Alorton police chief are aware of the Lautenberg Act, in which anyone convicted of domestic battery cannot have access to a firearm. This law was passed in 1997 and has been upheld in the U.S. courts. Therefore if convicted, this officer cannot carry or have a firearm.

As a military police commander, we were made well aware of the Lautenberg Act and its impact on commanders to arm military members in their line of duty.

Phil Henning


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