Maricopa
County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he gladly returns weapons the feds provided him,
now that Washington has cut M-C-S-O from the Pentagon’s 1033 program.  The U.S Government terminated the Sheriff’s
participation from the program after one rifle and eight handguns disappeared
and still haven’t been found. 


Arpaio says
the vast array of firearms he’s bought on his own over the years are
technologically superior to the “Vietnam War relics” the feds have given him.  He says, in fact, very little of the
equipment he’s received is even used by patrol deputies, replaced with “an
abundance of state of the art, high tech equipment” that MCSO possesses.

The Sheriff
suspects that the backlash just smacks of politics, claiming that other
agencies have also lost weapons, but none have been terminated like MCSO has.  Arpaio is also suspicious of the timing in
being told to return the weapons, as it coincides with U.S. Senate hearings to
scrutinize governmental oversight of military equipment issued to America’s
local law enforcement agencies.

The Sheriff’s
office must return the rest of the fed-provided arsenal within 120 days.

–Barbara
Villa

 

 

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