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Findlay Police to carry semi-automatics

FINDLAY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

FindlayPolice will be carrying semi-automatic guns this spring after getting the green-lightfrom the chief.

Theofficers will be carrying AR-15s, similar to M-16s. Chief Greg Horne said hewas initially on the fence about the idea, but concern for the safety of hisofficers led to the decision.

"Forone thing, they won't be as out-gunned as they are now," Horne said. "With ahandgun, in order for me to engage you, I have to get very close."

Hornesaid his officers are outnumbered, but the city can't afford to put moreofficers on the streets, so he believes the semi-automatic rifles will keep themsafer.

Underthe new policy, each of the 34 patrolmen will have to purchase their own gun.They cost about $900, but that's not a problem for the officers.

"It's something that theyreally feel will make them safer, and the communitysafer," Horne said.

TheAR-15s are very lightweight, but extremely accurate. Horne said that's why fourfemale officers want to carry the gun, as well.

Thenew policy may be controversial, but some like the idea.

"Whateverwill protect them," said Wendy Dunfee. "I would much rather our police officerscarry those than the regular public."

AndChief Horne said as long as regular citizens can get their hands on thepowerful guns, his officers need to have them, too.

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