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NCIS Retirees Want Right to Pack Heat

WASHINGTON (CN) - Six retired Navy officers sued the Secretary of Defense for the right to carry concealed guns. The former members of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) demand that the Department of Defense certify that their NCIS-issued retirement photo IDs qualify as appropriate identification to carry concealed firearms.

Since 2004, federal law authorizes "qualified retired law enforcement officers from the Federal Government to carry concealed firearms within or without any state," according to the complaint.

The NCIS retirees say that the Pentagon's failure to certify their IDs exposes them to potential criminal charges of possessing firearms without a state license.

They want a court declaration that the IDs that NCIS issues upon retirement qualify them to carry concealed guns.

They are represented by Lawrence Berger with Mahon Berger in Glen Cove, N.Y.

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