Lawmaker's Bill Would Block Police Access To 'Military Equipment'

Lawmakers have identified police access to equipment as the issue.

San Diego, CA - Local lawmakers drafted legislation that would restrict police departments' access to what they have termed "military equipment."

Democratic Assemblyman David Chiu and Assemblyman Todd Gloria created the bill which would require departments to ask permission to get "military equipment," hold a public hearing so that people can oppose it, and then get majority approval from the local government, according to KSWB.

The bill's definition of "military equipment" includes equipment not used by the military.

Included in the list of defined military equipment, is equipment that is generally used by a SWAT team, such as wall-breaching devices, explosives, and firearms that fire rounds of .50 caliber and greater.

Other items included in the list are necessities for large departments, including crowd control protective gear like helmets and shields, as well as long-range acoustic devices that agencies use to issue orders to crowds.

Some of the items on the list could be potentially life-saving such as bullet-resistant vehicles and drones which could be used in searches.

“Our streets in California are not war zones, and our citizens are not enemy combatants,” Chiu said, according to KSWB. “Law enforcement in California are our partners in public safety. They are not military generals, and the weapons they carry should reflect that reality.”

Gloria agreed, according to KSWB, saying, “State and local law enforcement are a public safety service, not an occupying force. Militarization is not necessary in order to keep our neighborhoods safe.”

If the law passes, it would go into effect Jan. 1 2019.

Law enforcement agencies who currently possess any of the listed equipment would not be grandfathered in, and would have to obtain special approval to keep their equipment or get rid of it by May 1, 2019.

Comments (55)
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cayman2020
cayman2020

They continue to show their ignorance and these people are supposed to be serving the public.

rover77
rover77

they detest law enforcement as much as they do civilian gun owners

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Good. Cops don't have the training to operate a lot of that equipment anyway.

Get your own toys.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Is this yet another cry for attention from you? The reality is that the police entrusted with those weapons do know how to use them. This bill from the idiots who run California is just another example of why your state is the laughing stock of this country. The people who run it have no business doing so yet idiots like yourself continue to elect them. SMH

JBo
JBo

California...nuff said.