Chadron updates firearms police with addition of assault rifles

The city of Chadron has an updated firearms policy for the police department. Police Chief Tim Lordino says he started revising the old policy after his department purchased 7 assault rifles...a weapon it did not have...then decided to make a complete revision with an easier to follow format and clarifications in several areas.

As for the decision to add rifles, Lordino says he saw a need for increased firepower for specific situations...such as this summer's downtown standoff in Alliance.

Because most Nebraska police departments have rifles, the state law enforcement training center in Grand Island is adding the weapon to its curriculum, so Chadron officers would need to take a rifle with them for full certification even if the department didn't have them.

The guns...M-16s...were purchased through the Department of Defense as "repurposed" military weapons and each cost about $250.

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