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GBI issues AR-15 rifles to all agents

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is stepping up their firepower and issuing AR-15 semi-automatic rifles to all agents across Georgia.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is stepping up their firepower and issuing AR-15 semi-automatic rifles to all agents across Georgia.

 

The state’s top law enforcement agency now has all 275 agents equipped with the rifle, something that was previously only provided on a limited basis.

The agency says the rifles are a result of the increase assaults on police officers and the spike in mass assaults with high-powered rifles. These guns allow agents to “put highly accurate rounds down range or towards a threat.” The rifles are a tactical advantage, or at least a match when agents encounter a threat.

CBS News reports:

Issuing the weapon is also in response to mass shootings and ambush attacks on officers that have happened across the country. The GBI says they are also seeing the rifles in their investigations in Georgia.

GBI agents also have a handgun and a Taser.

 

Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."

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