AP: California Peace Officers Have Bought 7,600 Assault Weapons


California law enforcers have bought more than 7,600 assault weapons that are outlawed for civilians in the decade since state lawmakers allowed the practice, reports the Associated Press. Federal authorities are investigating illegal gun sales by law enforcement. The information was obtained through a California Public Records Act request filed after federal authorities served search warrants in November as part of an investigation into allegations of illegal weapons sales by several Sacramento-area law enforcement officers..

The AP’s findings and the federal probe have prompted one state lawmaker to revisit the law to ensure that the guns can be bought only for police purposes. “I think it’s much more questionable whether we should allow peace officers to have access to weapons or firearms that a private citizen wouldn’t have access to if the use is strictly personal,” said Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, a Democrat who represents the Sacramento region. The inquiry has raised questions about the kinds of restricted weapons that the more than 87,000 peace officers in the state are entitled to purchase and about a 2001 law that allows them to buy assault weapons “for law enforcement purposes, whether on or off duty.”

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