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Rifles Lengthen Arm of Law in Garner

Posted August 7, 2007

— When Garner police officers hit the streets armed with new rifles, they'll be carrying a weapon that will extend the long arm of the law.

The Garner Police Department is purchasing semiautomatic rifles like those issued to U.S. troops. The department aims for every officer to have a rifle while on duty.

Carrying the weapon will make officers more prepared in a world of shootings and terrorist threats, officials said.

"You've seen many school shootings over the past couple of years, where's it's never going to happen in my city, it's never going to happen in my town," Sgt. Joe Binns, of the Garner PD, said. "It's all about being prepared."

Police departments nationwide are investing in semiautomatic rifles because of their accuracy and ability to shoot over long distances, up to the length of 2 1/2 football fields.

While other police departments allow officers the option to carry a rifle, the Garner PD plans to arm every officer with a rifle.

The rifles cost around $850 each and are being paid for with tax dollars and grant money, officers said.

Each officer must train with a semiautomatic rifle for at least 24 hours before being allowed to carry one.

Garner police officers have fired their guns three times in the line of duty during the past seven years, officers said.


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  • 68_polara Aug 9, 2007

    From the picture I'd say an ar-15

  • firstgenchevy Aug 9, 2007

    ok, after doing my research, much like I should have done in the first place...the only deaths where the robbers but their where 15 people wounded, 10 of which where cops. And yes they did go into a gun store and ask for more powerful weapons. Luckly no one did lose their life. How ever, the point still stands.

    Rather them have it and never touch it than them need it and not know where to get one.

  • Tree Man Aug 9, 2007

    AR-15s?, AK-47s?, No one said what type of rifle they were buying.

  • Lightfoot3 Aug 9, 2007


    I remember the LA shootout. NO police died. NO bystanders died. Two criminals did die. One shot himself in the head and the other was allowed to bleed out on the street after been shot in the legs. No, the cops didn’t use high powered weapons from a pawn shop to end it (though they attempted). The last dude was taken out by swat shooting under the car, using his own police issued rifle. No need to create fiction.

    However, the cops WERE out gunned. Bad dudes had CUSTOM armor (from neck to ankle) and AK47 rifles with armor piercing rounds. Cops had 9mm handguns, and shotguns, plus being cops, they had virtually no training or skill. Even after being told the dudes had armor and to do head shots, they were STILL doing center of mass shots up until the very end. Their 9mm pistols could have ended it if they were better trained.

  • firstgenchevy Aug 9, 2007

    The point is, the Srg wants his men to be ready for thing. Its better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

    Anyone remember the bank robbery in LA where the robbers where wearing body armor and the cops sidearms didn't have enough power to do any good??? Any remember how many cops died??? Anyone remember how many bistanderds died???

    One last question. Anyone remember what the cops did to end it?

    let me tell you, they went into a pawn shop and grabbed a few high powered rifles and some ammo then they had the firepower to match the fully auto AK47's the robbers where using.

    A lot of people died that day because the cops did not have the equipment they needed. I'd rather them have a rocket laucher in the trunk of the car and NEVER EVER have to touch it rather than have them not have the equipment they need and have people die for no reason.

  • Lightfoot3 Aug 9, 2007

    Timbo,…I’ve got your back! Despite the nastiness you’ve seen from other posters, your reasoning is pretty sound and logical. Even your grenade scenario, given there are situations where a grenade would be more effective.

    In a school situation, a rifle probably would not be the best weapon. It all depends of course. But if the shooters are actually in the school, then some sniper style shot is not what’s going to take them out. It will be a room to room search, with encounters at close to point blank range. That is, assuming the police are not like the cowardly Columbine police.

  • Timbo Aug 9, 2007

    Bat Man, I want to respond to this, but I don't have time... I'll try tomorrow...

  • Bat Man Aug 8, 2007

    I think a lot of folks are not getting the point of the Sergeants comment.

    He is voicing out loud what and how folks in some communities think. Hey a school shooting will never happen here our kids are not like that.

    GPD wants to be prepared to stop a violent act if it happens in their jurisdiction.

    fletchermse, even if they were there in the halls with the rifles, if someone was determined they would commit the crime.

  • fletchermse Aug 8, 2007

    ""You've seen many school shootings over the past couple of years, where's it's never going to happen in my city, it's never going to happen in my town," Sgt. Joe Binns, "

    Good intentions, Sergeant, but having AR-15s is not going to stop a school shooting from occurring. It may reduce the casualties, but unless officers are patrolling the halls, it's not going to do any good in that situation.

  • lizard Aug 8, 2007

    I have to leave this story,,,hate all this "penetration" language.