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Gainesville school police considering using assault rifles

6:42 PM, Sep 4, 2013   |    comments
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(AP file)

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Gainesville City Schools is looking into letting campus police officers at three of its eight schools use assault rifles.

The charter schools are considering allowing officers to bring a semi-automatic police assault rifle into the school and keep in a locked safe while they are there.

Right now officers only have pistols.  The rifle has twice as much ammo, fires three times farther and is more accurate. 

By having it in the school, their reasoning is the officer can react more quickly and effectively to a heavily armed intruder.

The three schools are charter schools and their governance councils plan on discussing and voting separately.

The city school board will then vote on October 1st whether to spend the $6,000 needed or only part of it, if all three schools don't participate.

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