(a) A person who is licensed as a peace officer under Chapter 1701, Occupations Code, and who has been employed full-time as a peace officer by a law enforcement agency may apply for a license under this subchapter at any time after retirement.
(b) The person shall submit two complete sets of legible and classifiable fingerprints and a sworn statement from the head of the law enforcement agency employing the applicant. A head of a law enforcement agency may not refuse to issue a statement under this subsection. If the applicant alleges that the statement is untrue, the department shall investigate the validity of the statement. The statement must include:
(1) the name and rank of the applicant;
(2) the status of the applicant before retirement;
(3) whether or not the applicant was accused of misconduct at the time of the retirement;
(4) the physical and mental condition of the applicant;
(5) the type of weapons the applicant had demonstrated proficiency with during the last year of employment;
(6) whether the applicant would be eligible for reemployment with the agency, and if not, the reasons the applicant is not eligible; and
(7) a recommendation from the agency head regarding the issuance of a license under this subchapter.
(c) The department may issue a license under this subchapter to an applicant under this section if the applicant is honorably retired and physically and emotionally fit to possess a handgun. In this subsection, “honorably retired” means the applicant:
(1) did not retire in lieu of any disciplinary action;
(2) was eligible to retire from the law enforcement agency or was ineligible to retire only as a result of an injury received in the course of the applicant's employment with the agency; and
(3) is entitled to receive a pension or annuity for service as a law enforcement officer or is not entitled to receive a pension or annuity only because the law enforcement agency that employed the applicant does not offer a pension or annuity to its employees.
(d) An applicant under this section must pay a fee of $25 for a license issued under this subchapter.
(e) Repealed by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., ch. 1236 (S.B. 1296), § 9.007.
(f) A license issued under this section expires as provided by Section 411.183 .
(g) A retired officer of the United States who was eligible to carry a firearm in the discharge of the officer's official duties is eligible for a license under this section. An applicant described by this subsection may submit the application at any time after retirement. The applicant shall submit with the application proper proof of retired status by presenting the following documents prepared by the agency from which the applicant retired:
(1) retirement credentials; and
(2) a letter from the agency head stating the applicant retired in good standing.
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