Monday, September 17, 2007

Cops goin Scarface on yo ass!

As an option now in sunny Miami, where politics is governed by how much you can prove you hate Fidel Castro, Police officers are now given the option to tote around assault weapons (just in case)!

I like making rules and regulations for those "Just in Case" kind of situations, since those could NEVER possibly go awry right?

The one thing I find a bit disturbing about this though is just how easily these type of changes seem to be coming out across the law enforcement spectrum.
Years ago, law enforcement specialists like SWAT teams were the only officers to carry assault weapons, but now even small town police agencies are expanding access to the AR-15, a civilian version of the military M-16 rifle.
Now, call me an anal constitutionalist (I like that word), but doesn't this fit into military assistance or involvement in domestic law enforcement? And isn't that very much illegal? I don't think you can just write this off as cops getting bigger guns anymore, when they're better armed then most foreign standing armies...

*Just occurred to me that we have a legal analyst available to us here in Dewey Cheatem and Howe, maybe he can shine some light on this one?

1 comment:

Dewey, Cheatem, & Howe said...

You're very correct in one sense: the military cannot aid in law enforcement in an active manner. So, there cannot be, say, a military recon aircraft piloted by an Air Force pilot searching for a fugitive. However, military surplus is sold all the time, and I doubt that anyone would consider that military aid in law enforcement. I'll give you more on this topic later.