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Letter: Retired cops shouldn't have guns

The casket of ATF Senior Special Agent John

The casket of ATF Senior Special Agent John Capano is carried by Nassau County Police to a hearse in front of St. William the Abbott Roman Catholic Church as his wife, Dori, father, James Capano, son, John and daughter, Natalie, behind mother, watch in the background, right, on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 in Seaford, N.Y. Credit: AP

Regarding "Cop-on-cop faceoffs occur, but fatalities rare" [News, Jan. 9], I am a retired New York City police officer and have never understood the need for law enforcement retirees to carry a gun.

The unfortunate shooting death in Seaford by a retired member proves this. Retirees should let the past be the past and let real cops do what they have to do.

Dennis Houlahan, Malverne