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Video: Retired Las Vegas Lieutenant Randy Sutton Discusses Role of CCW and Off-Duty Carry in Terror Response

November 27, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Retired Las Vegas Lieutenant Randy Sutton Discusses Role of CCW and Off-Duty Carry in Terror Response

ISIS names Las Vegas as a high profile target. But, in the event of an attack like we saw in Paris, there's a secret security force armed and ready to open fire. columnist and retired Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Lt. Randy Sutton introduces us to them in this KTNV TV report.

The Las Vegas Strip is one of the most famous destinations in the world. Thousands, hundreds of thousands of tourists come here from all over the globe. And the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has a tremendous presence on the strip, both in uniform and people who are not in uniform. 

If someone wants to attack the Strip, the opportunity for them to be engaged by an armed retired police officer is very great. There are thousands of retired police officers that make the city of Las Vegas their home. And every one of them is a trained professional when it comes to defense of others, and use of firearms. They have the legal authority to carry a weapon.

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cacop @ 11/28/2015 10:42 AM

I was just at New York New York Casino and my in room safe got stuck. When security came to open it they discovered I had my off duty weapon in it. They refused to allow me to keep my own gun while on their property. Seems to me like these hotels are more concerned about LE officers keeping their own guns than our ability to stop an attack. I won't stay there again.

Bob peterson @ 11/28/2015 1:45 PM

Police officers retiring in good standing should be issued a federal authorization to carry anywhere. They should not be required to shoot with there dept. every year because most depts won't allow it. What a waste of years of training because our governing body is lame. I would rather be next to a trained, retired police officer with 20 or 30 years of firearm trading than a CCW person that has taken one little class and has shot a target from 15 feet. I'm not downing CCW but using it as a comparison.

S.S. @ 11/30/2015 7:12 AM

Those are the libs for you. Those are the same ones who call 911 when the shit hits the fan.

Dennis @ 12/1/2015 6:51 AM

Re Bob Peterson comment: I'm a CCW and not former or present LE. But I, along with thousands of other CCW persons, both men and women, have handled and shot firearms for decades. I have shot pistol for over 50 years now and most 'highly trained officers' won't shoot better than I do on a bad day.

Yes, I took my 'one little class' and I shot a target from 15 feet. Grouping on the target was a bit over an inch for 10 shots, rapid fire. I had told my instructor (the former Sheriff of my county) that I'd seen a pistol a couple of times and he kept trying to slow my rate of fire down as I was shooting... Kind of funny.

I also hunt with pistols - Deer and .44 magnums. And I occasionally carry one of those pistols concealed (in a shoulder holster, muzzle down). Doesn't carry as many rounds as my 9mm on my ankle or the 9 at my back, but it does carry one hell of a punch.

Don't discount the CCW guys and gals. Instead offer to help them. All of us can benefit if we cooperate.

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