Skip to comments.(Albuquerque) APD to buy 350-plus AR-15 rifles
Posted on 07/10/2014 4:56:59 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
New Mexico's largest police department, mired in controversy over the use of excessive force, is about to supply military-style weapons to officers using taxpayer money.
The investigative team at KOB Eyewitness News 4 learned that Albuquerque Police awarded a bid to a local vendor for the purchase of AR-15 rifles -- the type of gun used to kill James Boyd in the foothills in March.
According to the request for bid, which ended two weeks ago, the department would likely purchase 350 guns in the first year of a two-year contract. Thereafter, it would order quantities of 50 as necessary.
"You're asking for trouble, in my opinion," Peter Simonson, Executive Director of the ACLU of New Mexico said.
Simonson was unaware of the department's purchasing plans until KOB contacted him. He thought APD was moving away from using high-powered weapons after the Department of Justice said APD officers have a "pattern and practice" of using excessive and deadly force.
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They must have a lot of dogs that need shootin’ down there.
I don’t mind them buying the rifles it is how they use them which bothers me.
I wonder if .308 bolt actions with high quality scopes might be more useful.
Has anyone told them that Walter White is dead?
Isn’t this the place thats shooting lots of people?
I’m more scared of those twins.
i don’t think any pd needs to have 350 assault rifles, ever.
how do they justify this. they’ve gotten along all this time without so many evil assault rifles.
i think its time we start disarming internal police forces.
Full auto iow, machine guns/true assault weapons?
***I dont think any pd needs to have 350 assault rifles, ever.***
Bill Clinton gave thousands of full auto M-16s to the LAPD.
He later also gave them bayonets.
My first memory of what NM cops used to use was 1955, when a Farmington policeman stopped at our motel for some reason. All us kids gathered around the cruiser to look at all the “neat” things inside.
The policeman opened the door, and strapped to the inside of the door was a rifle scabbard with a lever action 30-30 carbine inside.
They’ll need far more than that!
If they are AR-15’s, no. AR’s only fire semi-auto, one round per trigger pull. Not a true assault weapon.
Back in the 80s a group of young people were having a ball going across the country robbing and murdering people.
They were seen in Kansas and trying to get away, a Kansas Highway patrolman shot one of them through the head at nearly 200 yards. He was using a scoped bolt action. Suddenly it wasn’t fun anymore and the rest surrendered.
it’d be one thing if they were going to mow down knmown gun houses and known thug hangouts.
they don’t do that not even with swat.
they go after regular, singular persons,’with swat. this crap is going to be used on us.
not foreign enemies, not drug gangs, not illegals, just us citizens.
they had better realize the citizenry is not going to be mowed down like sheep.
They need the weapons to protect all those illegal aliens from the savage citizenry.
Please. It’s Heisenberg.
“Isnt this the place thats shooting lots of people?”
They should’ve applied to the feds for some AK’s. They might’ve gotten them sooner and it would’ve been on the QT.
They make ARs in .308. That’s what I’d think they’d want if they want to have more firepower than most of the bad guys. You get more knockdown power and added range.
The .308 has more knockdown but surprisingly, the .223 with the long, heavy for caliber 68/69 grain bullets actually out range it. Probably have to have a 20 inch, or longer barrel for the .223 tho.
How many times have gun grabbers told us that the only purpose of these eeevil weapons is to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible?
The .223/5.56 won’t outrange the .308, but the AR platform is more accurate at most competition distances.
If the police believe that AR-15s are necessary for their normal work (many police departments already carry carbines in their patrol cars), then fine; I can own one, too, if I choose. If they think they need something fully automatic like an M16 (say in a high-crime area or along a major drug route), great. But you'd better get rid of all those silly unconstitutional laws that make it unreasonably difficult for me to own one, too.
If the police purchase an MRAP for just the cost of delivery, more power to them. They just better not prevent me from purchasing an Abrams tank for the same price if I so desire!
After all, if the police believe there's a credible threat against which they must be that heavily armed, then I should arm myself against that threat, too, shouldn't I?
The first time I became aware of just how much better the heavy .223 bullets do over the .308 bullets was when I shot and old syrup cooker which looked a bit like a WWI Helmet lying on it’s back.
I shot it with both an HK-91 with German surplus ammo and the Colt H-Bar with a 20 inch barrel. This was at a range of around 600 yards. It was easy to hit with either gun but the H-Bar shot flatter and it put holes through the cooker. The .308 just put a dent in them.
“Isnt this the place thats shooting lots of people?”
Yeah, and in one of their counties, you can get pulled over for a traffic violation and have a colonoscopy to check your dumper for drugs at a hospital in the next county. New Mexico, sure has the right name now doesn’t it!
Who are the Albuquerque police at war with?