Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1417, the National Law Enforcement Museum Exhibits Act, introduced by Alaska Congressman Don Young.
“H.R. 1417 is a simple, straight forward bill that will treat the National Law Enforcement Museum as if it were a federal museum for purposes of obtaining, transferring and displaying certain classes of firearms,” said Congressman Young. “The Museum is dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement by providing visitors a ‘walk in the shoes’ experience. The Museum is working to expand and enrich the relationship between law enforcement and communities through the Museum’s educational journeys, immersive exhibitions, and insightful programs.
Watch Congressman Young's Floor speech in support of H.R. 1417.
These interactive experiences will give visitors a firsthand look into almost every facet of law enforcement, while they learn about the day-to-day complexities of safeguarding our communities. They will know the real-life stories of the men and women behind the badge told throughout the museum and gain a greater appreciation those who have sacrificed to take and keep peace within our neighborhoods. This a great hall of remembrance for those who keep our peace - our law enforcement officers.”
H.R. 1417 amends the National Law Museum Enforcement Act to allow the National Law Enforcement Museum (NLEM) to acquire, possess, collect, ship, transport, import, and display firearms only for use in the NLEM. In 2000, Congress passed the National Law Enforcement Museum Act of 2000 to establish the NLEM.
The Museum was established to honor and commemorate the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers in the United States is set to open in Fall 2018. The NLEM will showcase interactive exhibits to allow visitors to experience the life of law enforcement officers. Under current law, the NLEM is limited in the types of firearms it can acquire, possess, collect, ship, transport, import or display.