Sunday, September 12, 2010

Patrol ups ante against criminals with assault rifles for troopers ("S&W MP-15" AR's)

The Nevada Highway Patrol is using nearly $1 million to buy assault rifles for all 500 troopers and Division of Investigations detectives...“We're no longer faced with a criminal element that is armed with the old-style Saturday night special”...Increasingly, law enforcement is facing violent criminals — some with military training — armed with assault rifles. “They're no longer afraid to take on multiple officers”...The money for the purchases...comes from funds generated by criminal forfeitures of everything from cash to equipment and vehicles used in crimes. The rifles themselves, made by Smith and Wesson, will cost $377,500...Assemblywoman Sheila Leslie, D-Reno, said....the decision as an “end run” around legislative authority...
Full story at Nevada
Unlike the Arkansas citizens buying their Police firearms, in Nevada, it is a political football, with the shady issue of "funding by forfeiture" (always bringing into question possible civil rights violations) used to foot the bill...(S9)

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