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Published On: Fri, Jan 25th, 2013

California school district purchased 14 high powered rifles, delivered before Sandy Hook

The school police force in this Southern California city has acquired 14 high-powered semiautomatic rifles for officers to bring to campuses.

Colt LE6940

Colt LE6940

Fontana Unified School District police purchased 14 of the Colt LE6940 rifles last fall, and they were delivered the first week of December, a week before a gunman killed 26 students and educators at a Connecticut elementary school.

“I think it just further solidified the need to give our officers the tools they need to respond to an active shooter on campus,” schools Police Chief Billy Green said Wednesday about the tragedy.

“If someone were to come onto one of our school campuses and kill our students … and they were wearing body armor or were equipped with a rifle, our officers were not properly equipped to respond to the danger,” Green said.

The rifles were purchased to address a “critical vulnerability,” although there has never been such an attack at any of the 45 Fontana campuses, the chief said. The 14 officers currently carry handguns, according to police officials.

The weapons, which cost $1,000 each, are high-powered weapons that are accurate at longer range and can pierce body armor.

The guns did not require approval from the school board but member Leticia Garcia said she will ask the board to discuss the issue. There should have been a public discussion before they were purchased, Garcia said.

“Those rifles have ricocheting ammunition … they can go right through people,” Garcia said. “We’re talking about a war-zone rifle, and so are we going to militarize our public schools? We have to provide a safe haven for people to learn … but this, to me, seems a little bit too much.”

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