Dateline – Cameron County Texas Sheriff’s Office.
100 assault rifles are passed out to border deputies
By IDLEFONSO ORTIZ Brownsville Herald
To prepare for potential confrontation against armed gunmen, the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department recently purchased about 100 AR-15 assault rifles to be carried by deputies in their patrol cars.
“We are all here on the border, and as we all know the cartels have some of these type of weapons,” Sheriff Omar Lucio said.
“With these rifles, we have at least the same if not better firepower in case of a major event. We also have to point out that these weapons are powerful enough to penetrate some types of body armor. If we ever get into a tough situation with someone from over there, we’ll be able to go ahead and take care of our people. Hopefully, it never happens. but if it does we’ll be ready,” he said.
On Thursday morning, some two dozen deputies spent several hours at the sheriff’s department shooting range off FM 511 near the Port of Brownsville as part of their 24-hour certification course.
Patrol cars are in the process of getting special holders that will keep the rifles secure in the vehicle in a place where the deputy has immediate access in case of an emergency, Lucio said.
“As with all weapons, there are security procedures and regulations to avoid any accident with the weapons or to prevent someone from breaking into the car and taking the rifle,” he added.
Previously, deputies carried 12-gauge shotguns, which according to Lucio, while powerful only had an effective range of about 100 yards. With the new rifles, which shoot .223-caliber ammunition, the effective range tripled to approximately 300 yards. Also, the shotguns had a capacity of five to eight rounds of ammunition, while the new rifles carry 30 rounds per magazine.
“With each deputy carrying at least three magazines, it means that at any moment our guys will have 90 rounds ready to use,” Lucio said. “Also, other agencies carry the same type of weapon. In case of a major situation, our guys will be able to exchange magazines with them.”
An AR-15 ranges in price from $800 to $1,500. According to Lucio, the shotguns were exchanged for the rifles, and the difference in value was paid using proceeds seized from narcotics trafficking.
Now this is a great “START” Treaty in this Patriots opinion. START getting our LEO’s the tools to combat crime and then START enforcing our current Immigration Laws.
I have to wonder…… If Santa can have BOTH an AR-15 AND a Shotgun, then why can’t these LEO’s in Cameron County Texas?
And, like this email a friend sent me this afternoon….She said, “This has Silence written ALL over it!”
Seems a guy cruises through a stop sign, or whatever, and gets pulled over by a local policeman. Guy hands the cop his driver’s license, insurance verification, plus his concealed carry permit.
“Okay, Mr. Dogood,” the cop says, “I see your CCW permit. Are you carrying today?”
“Yes, officer, I am.”
“Well then, better tell me what ya got.”
Silence says, “Well, I got a .357 revolver in my inside coat pocket. There’s a 9mm semi-auto in the glove box. I’ve got a .22 magnum derringer in my right boot and a 1911 Colt .45 under the drivers seat.”
“Okay,” the cop says. “Anything else?”
“Yeah, back in the trunk, there’s an AR15 w/ 4 additional 30 round clips and a 12 gauge pump shotgun. That’s about it.”
“Mr. Smith, are you on your way to or from a gun range?”
“Well then, what are you afraid of?”
“Not a damn thing, Sir!”
Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Seventeenth Day of December in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand Ten.