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A New Hampshire state representative has introduced a bill, HB 1307, that would prohibit communities from purchasing surplus military equipment such as MRAPs, Drones or full automatic firearms for its police officers. JR Hoell, a Republican from Dumbarton, New Hampshire, believes that police departments are becoming "militarized" and are focusing on intimidation rather than community policing.


According to Hoell, "Law enforcement agencies are becoming more militarized. The focus shouldn't be on getting the latest military equipment. At the end of the day, this is about answering the question of: Are we safer having this equipment? My answer to that question is no."


The language of the Bill states: "No state agency or political subdivision of this state shall acquire, purchase, or otherwise accept for use any military-equipped vehicle or military grade hardware, including but not limited to armored personnel carriers, Title II weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles, or unmanned ground vehicles, unless such military grade vehicle or hardware is readily available in an open national commercial market. The adjutant general shall notify the state attorney general of a violation of this paragraph. Any military-equipped vehicle or military grade hardware acquired in violation hereof shall be forfeited."


On the surface, this may seem like a well-intended measure. Bear Cats or MRAPs can be expensive to maintain and probably see more use in parades and public appearances than actual use in SWAT missions. However, the language of this bill speaks to bomb detecting robots, unmanned drones and even Title 2 firearms (machineguns, short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns and sound suppressors).


There may be debate over whether an agency needs firearms capable of full automatic fire. Passing that conversation, what makes more sense for an agency and the tax payers: a surplus or LEO-only machinegun for $500 or a pre-1986 collectible version available on the open market for $20,000?


In the case of MRAPs or Bear Cats, most of these vehicles can be purchased for pennies on the dollar from the Federal Government and the only real cost to a department is fuel and maintenance.

More: https://www.tactical-officer.com/articles/new-hampshire-bill-to-prevent-police-from-purchasing-mraps-machineguns-and-bomb-detection-robots/#When:15:47:23Z
 

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Bad idea to limit them.

Now how do I buy one???
 
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