Wearing Badge = Impersonating Officer? I have a question about the law on "impersonating an officer." In Georgia, it is found under code section 16-10-23. It says that it is a felony (1-5 years) for a person to "falsely hold himself out as a peace officer or other public officer or employee with the intent to mislead another into believing that he is actually such an officer..." I have looked at a couple dozen cases that have gone up to the Court of Appeals of Georgia involving convictions under this code section, and NONE of them were even close to what we often talk about here and at Packing.Org ---a civilian carrying and even publicly and openly wearing a badge that is of a similar size and shape and configuration as a law enforcement badge, but it actually says "Armed Citizen" or "Pistol Permit Licensee" or "Firearms License" or something like that. And the civilian does not SAY to anyone that he is a law enforcement officer, and the civilian does not DO some action that the public would only associate with cops, such as mount a light bar on the roof of his car, install a public address speaker, and pull behind another motorist with the light activated, while saying into the microphone: "Pull Over" Does anybody have any citation to authority, either in Georgia or from some other state (preferably a conservative state in the Southeastern U.S.), that indicates civilians who carry or display non-LEO badges can be convicted of impersonating an officer? Please do not cite to any case involving the offender explicitly telling somebody that he's a cop, a detective (even a private detective), an officer, an agent, or that he's "with" a certain well-known law enforcement agency. Similarly unhelpful would be those numerous cases involving drug dealers wearing black tactical gear and clothing marked "POLICE" or "DRUG SQUAD" or "DEA" or "FBI" and kicking down the door of the home of a rival drug dealer, intending to steal his stash of drugs and money. Those cases involve affirmative acts of the defendant that most people would only associate with genuine LEO's : serving warrants. If anybody has persuasive authority to cite that is relevant to the issue at hand, great. Let's all get better informed. I actually need to see if there's such caselaw out there for a different reason of my own, beyond just mere curiosity. If there is no such caselaw out there, and all reported "impersonating an officer" convictions that are upheld involve radically different fact patterns than what we're talking about with CCW badges for otherwise law-abiding civilians, then let's put that urban legend to rest and strike it from the list of "Reasons Why CCW Badges are a Bad Idea." I mean, c'mon.... isn't that list too long already? http://www.verydemotivational.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/129083965566146180.jpg ..