Another reader suggests that I should rethink everything I’ve said in the case of the retired police officer who murdered a man in a movie theatre because he was a retired police officer and thus any possible rules don’t apply to him:
This “menace to society”, as you put it, was an ex-cop. That means that under the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act, he was permitted to carry around a gun, regardless of state and local laws.
Changing state CCW laws would have no effect. Making guns harder to purchase would have no effect. Changing Stand Your Ground laws would have no effect.
And given that the bill was co-sponsored by such notorious anti-gun politicians as Rep Carolyn McCarthy and Senators Chuck Schumer, Barney Frank, Diane Feinstein, and Harry Reid, good luck at repealing it.
In light of this, perhaps you’d like to re-think your comments.
Leaving aside the general foolishness of the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), the interesting thing about it is that there’s no need to change any state laws (which is good since the guy who sent this comment is certain that changing laws wouldn’t impact ex-cops who hate texting from bringing guns into movie theatres legally).
Movie theatres are private companies and they can restrict access to people carrying weapons … even if those people are eligible to carry weapons anywhere they want under the provisions of LEOSA:
Although LEOSA preempts state and local laws, there are two notable exceptions: “the laws of any State that (1) permit private persons or entities to prohibit or restrict the possession of concealed firearms on their property” (such as a bars, private clubs, amusement parks, etc.), or “(2) prohibit or restrict the possession of firearms on any State or local government property, installation, building, base, or park”  Additionally, LEOSA does not override the federal Gun-Free School Zone Act (GFSZA) which prohibits carrying a firearm within 1,000 feet of elementary or secondary schools. Although the GFSZA authorizes on-duty law enforcement officers to carry firearms in such circumstances, off-duty and retired law enforcement officers are still restricted from doing so unless they have a firearms license issued from the state in which they reside and then it is only good for the state in which they reside. Individuals must also obey any federal laws and federal agency policies that restrict the carrying of concealed firearms in certain federal buildings and lands, as well as federal regulations prohibiting the carriage of firearms on airplanes.
So, yeah, being a police officer or a former police officer doesn’t entitle you to carry your gun anywhere you’d like. Or, rather, it doesn’t allow you to actually go into every place you might like while carrying the weapon you’re legally allowed to carry.
And, of course, being a former police officer doesn’t mean you’re not a menace to society; in the case in question, the former police officer clearly is one.