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132. Deputation—Special United States Marshal—Use of Firearms

Pursuant to USAM 3-15.170, individuals requesting deputations as Special Deputy United States Marshals must make a written request to the United States Attorney that includes:

  • The specific reasons for requesting deputation, including the names of any cases, investigations, persons, and other relevant factors;
  • Whether the individual has requested protection from the United States Marshals Service and, if so, whether the protection was provided or denied;
  • The make, model, caliber, and serial number of the weapon the individual seeks authorization to carry;
  • Documentation that the individual's current firearms proficiency qualification has been completed within the six-month period prior to the request, the agency overseeing the qualification, and whether the qualification meets the standards established by the United States Marshals Service—usually documented on a USMS Form 333. Other agency firearms qualification forms, e.g., DEA, FBI, etc., may be accepted, however, with the USMS concurrence.
  • Whether the individual possesses a valid state, county, or local firearms permit, and the permit expiration date.
  • A notarized affidavit signed by the requesting individual that firearms safety training, which meets or exceeds the standards established by the United States Marshals Service for the type of firearm the individual seeks to carry, was completed within 30 days from the date of the request for initial deputations and within the six-month period prior to the request for redeputations.
  • A statement in the affidavit that the individual has read and agrees to comply with all applicable Department policies, rules, and regulations relating to the carrying of firearms, and a statement that the individual has not been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence within the meaning of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(9).

This information, along with a letter of support from the United States Attorney, will be forwarded to the Director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, Attention: Security Programs Staff. The Executive Office will forward the request, with its recommendation, to the Deputy Attorney General.A copy of the written authorization by the Deputy Attorney General, or designee, including any special limitations on the deputation and the carrying of firearms, shall be transmitted to the individual through the District Office Security Manager with a copy forwarded to the United States Marshals Service. Authorization to carry firearms will be suspended during any period the individual is provided with a Marshals Service protective detail.

A deputation remains in effect for one year from the date the individual is deputized by the United States Marshals Service. If an individual who has been deputized pursuant to this Order believes that the original or additional circumstances warrant continued deputation beyond the expiration date, renewal may be requested by following the procedure above for the initial deputation.

A deputation becomes immediately void upon termination from Federal service. If the threat that prompted the deputation is ongoing, the individual must make a personal written request to the Deputy Attorney General for a continuation of the Special Deputy United States Marshal status until such time the threat has abated.

[updated May 1999] [cited in USAM 3-15.170; 3-1.200]

Updated December 7, 2018