Skip to comments.TN Metro Police Prepare To Carry Rifles
Posted on 01/18/2013 5:56:32 PM PST by EXCH54FE
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Metro Police patrol officers will soon carry their own rifles in their police cars. It's a new and affordable option Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson said will be implemented almost immediately after some training.
Since last month's massacre of 26 people including 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School security has changed all over the country. In Nashville, the Metro Police Department is taking steps to better arm first responding officers.
"We're not going to be sitting outside a school in an active killer situation. We're going to respond to that situation. We're going to make a tactical approach. We're going to make a tactical entry and we're going to try and eliminate the threat before someone else is killed," said Burl Johnson, with Metro Police.
After some training, officers like Burl Johnson will carry their own personal patrol rifles in their police cars while they're on duty. Johnson said he will carry an AR-15 assault rifle.
"We hope and pray the weapon is not going to have to be brought out of our trunks. That's where they're going to be kept," he said.
The officers will be required to take three days of training at the Metro Police Training Academy. Before this decision was made only SWAT and Canine officers could carry rifles in their cars. Patrol officers are issued a pistol and a shot gun.
"We believe it is in the best interest of public safety and officer safety to allow trained patrol officers to have rifle availability in their police cars," said Metro Police Spokesperson Don Aaron.
Aaron said the department has been considering this option for several years. The first training course is scheduled for next week and the class is already full. Many officers are expected to take advantage of the new policy.
"We try to keep Nashville a safe city, but the potential for somebody to want to cause harm and do harm is out there and we want to be able to meet that threat and stop that threat," said Johnson.
About a third of the city's 1,400 officers own their own rifles. Chief Anderson said there is not a plan to buy rifles for the officers. He said it would be too expensive.
Oh, lord save us, not deadly ASSAULT RIFLES with THIRTY-ROUND MASSACRE MAGAZINES?!?!?!
Who are the police planning to massacre?!?!?!?!?
These weapons of war are only good for slaughtering people as fast as possible!!!!!!!!
Do they get 30 rd mags?
Will they also carry magic wands to get rid of the overpenetration issues?
Collateral damage, here we come.. You don’t need to kill someone’s dog with a Bushmaster .223!
I prefer long guns anyway.
I think a lot, maybe most patrol cars have a high powered rifle usually in the trunk.
Back in the 80s I lived in Western Kansas. There was a gang going across the country robbing, murdering and just having a good time.
A Kansas highway patrolman caught up with them. They shot at him then took off on foot. He got out a high powered bolt action and shot one through the head at 200 yards.
They deiced they had, had enough fun and surrendered.
30 Round Massacre Magazine is a great name for a rock band.
Frangable ammo would do the trick.
They don’t have to use the rifle, they still have their handguns. Besides these days they will probably have to call in before unleashing their superpowers.
I just remembered the name of the leader of the 1985 Kansas Gang. He was Daniel Remeta. They had murdered such innocent people as girl clerks at diners, people who worked at a grain elevator etc. Most of these murders were totally unnecessary and they just killed them for the fun of it.
My desk was right beside a Federal lawyer. He attended the trial for some reason. He said Remeta would turn around and make faces at the parents of a girl he had killed.
They eventually electrocuted him.
If a person is qualified to deploy with a rifle after only three days, I'm overqualified. I received two weeks of excellent marksmanship training on Parris Island. And the government wants to take away MY firearms?
I just ordered me some SUPER ASSAULT FORTY-ROUND MASSACRE MAGS tonight. WooHoo!!
Wow. Three entire days of training. I’m sure all the union rules on lunches and breaks will be included. So that should add up to an entire 16 hours or so of “rigorous” training for the donut eaters..
Especially if they are given only one round each, to be carried in their shirt pockets.
I guess the Chief didn’t watch Fuhrer Obama’s pronouncement.
Obama introduced 23 Unconstitutional Mandates that guarantee that there will not be any “Active Killers” at a school or anywhere else for that matter.
Unicorns and Rainbows will fill the skies and rivers of chocolate will flow through the Heartland of America after the Bitter Clingers of yesteryear are permanently swept away by the tears of the Children they allowed to die.
The Dear Leader wouldn’t lie about such a thing, would he?