NC Law and Security Officers?


August 11, 2004, 07:33 AM
When my company first decided to send me to Charlotte to go through their licensing program, I was very happy for the chance at more training. As I see it, more training means more professionalism, and I like that idea very much.

I was also made aware, in the class, that there were several discrepancies between NC and SC law (ie, no power of arrest in NC). The firearms proficiency test is also much more difficult, requiring low-light/flashlight usage, and going prone.

NC requires all armed security personnel to requalify on the legals and shooting every year. SC has no such requirement, allowing you to maintain your arms license indefinitely so long as you don't commit a crime that would appear on your record. Age and physical degredation caused therefrom are not considered. You can be issued a license in 1970 and carry a gun until you retire a blind long as you don't right a bad check.

Now, my reading of the 1995 Armored Car Reciprocity Act was brief, and it might have been revised and amended since then, but I recall it clearly stating that our licenses were only good nationally if we rec'd annual safety and range practice from a 'qualified instructor', pursuant to Subsection B. There is no provision for what makes a qualified instructor or range/safety training, but I cannot see how a ten-minute FATS session could qualify as either.....especially when we haven't had said 'training' in more than a year.

LSS, the SC office has NC licenses on hand to pass out to all employees. Word is that the requirements in Subsection B have been nullified because a transport employee that starts work in a state where he is licensed is considered still in that state no matter where he goes, so long as that truck is licensed in the state of origin.

Can anyone clarify this? How is it legal considering that there are no training standards in SC that even remotely approach what you get in NC? Is there an up-to-date ACRA available on the web?

Anyone familiar with current NC law in relation to out-of-state security workers and there rights/powers in NC?

What burns me is that the company is trying to not train its employees to a higher standard. I know it's expensive and that times are tough, but you can't get better if you dumb everything down. You certainly can't attract quality people! Any help, thoughts, feelings would be most appreciated.

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August 11, 2004, 03:56 PM


Fred Fuller
August 11, 2004, 08:31 PM

Can't speak for anyone else, but you've already told me more than I had any idea existed about the state vs. state legal tangles armed security folk have to go through. Hope someone with experience in the area chimes in to help you out.


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