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Security at Calif. district has high-powered rifles



Published: Thu, January 24, 2013 @ 12:57 p.m.

Security at Calif. district has high-powered rifles

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — The semiautomatic rifles look like they belong in a war zone instead of a suburban public school, but officials in this Los Angeles-area city say the high-powered weapons now in the hands of school police could prevent a massacre.

Fontana Unified School District police purchased 14 of the Colt LE6940 rifles last fall, and they were delivered the first week of December — a week before the Connecticut school shooting. Over the holiday break, the district’s 14 school police officers received 40 hours of training on the rifles. Officers check them out for each shift from a fireproof safe in the police force’s main office.

Fontana isn’t the first district to try this. Other Southern California districts also have rifle programs — some that have been in operation for several years. Fontana school police Chief Billy Green said he used money from fingerprinting fees to purchase the guns for $14,000 after identifying a “critical vulnerability” in his force’s ability to protect students. The officers, who already wear sidearms, wouldn’t be able to stop a shooter like the one in Connecticut, he said Wednesday.


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1Ytownnative(1060 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

I know one cares about facts at the vindicator but a .223 is just a much a high power rifle as a Yugo is a sports car. It is actually one of the lowest caliber bullets out there (including stopping power). Get below that and you used to be able to buy then in milk cartons.

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2DwightK(1300 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Yeah, this will end well.

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3Ytownnative(1060 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

The .223 is NOT a combat use bullet. I have 20+ years in the Army and was the unit armorer for many of those years so I was required to be on a lot of ranges. I NEVER seen a .223 bullet at the range. Don't confuse a .223 and 5.56mm they are not the same. you cannot fire a 5.56mm round from a .223 rifle. Z post where you got those stats from. It sounds like a 5.56 round and a M16 rifle. not an ar with .223

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