In the proposed amendment to Chapter 15 of the Rules of the Chief of Police there is a requirement for the applicant and the approved licensee to utilize a Type 2 holster. I assume the Type 2 holster is synonymous to a Level 2 holster as it describes a holster with active retention (thumb break strap or locking device) as compared to a Type 1 (Level 1) holster which uses friction to hold the firearm in place.
“Usually, the term “Level 1” retention refers to what many of us call “passive retention.” In other words, the friction and tightness of the holster itself retains the firearm. While that may not sound like much, it’s often perfect for many applications.
Usually, a Level 2 holster is any holster that incorporates some kind of active retention. Some holsters, like Safariland, use a device that locks around your pistol’s trigger guard. Then, you press a button to release it. Some Level 2 holsters utilize a thumb break instead of a trigger guard lock.”
There are not very many inside the waistband (IWB or AIWB) holsters that use a Type 2/Level 2 retention system. This type of active retention holster is much more common with an outside the waistband (OWB) type holster that is threaded through the belt loops or used with a paddle attachment.
In the proposed Chief’s rules, the failure to use a Type 2 holster would prevent an applicant from obtaining a License to Carry (L2C) Permit §15-21(eight)(H) and the failure to use a Type 2 holster is grounds for the revocation of the L2C Permit in §15-27(1)(C).
HPD does not require its officers to use a Type 2/Level 2 or higher retention holster for its plainclothes on-duty officers or for off-duty carry of their service pistol or other approved supplementary firearms.
Why then are they making it a requirement for a law abiding citizen? There a few options for Type 2/Level 2 concealed carry holsters. This severely limits the manner in which a lawful citizen can carry their firearm. Drawing and hitting the target from concealment in the proposed time allotted will also be very difficult using a Type 2/Level 2 holster.
These proposed Chief’s rules should mirror HPD’s Uniforms, Equipment, and Firearms Policy (2.38) in that it doesn’t state that a Type 2/Level 2 holster is required for plainclothes or off-duty use. The rules (holster and firearm qualification standards) shouldn’t be more restrictive than the same officers Chief Logan oversees.
I am urging everyone to submit their comments regarding the proposed Chief’s rules before the deadline and if possible show up in person on October 4th at 10:00AM. If you don’t want take a moment to help make these policies fair for everyone then don’t whine about it when it becomes the standard.