End of lim­its on mil­i­tary gear?

Law en­force­ment groups want to hold Trump to his prom­ise.

The Denver Post - - NATION & WORLD - By David Dish­neau

hagerstown, md.» If Pres­i­dent-elect Donald Trump keeps his prom­ise, sur­plus mil­i­tary grenade launch­ers, bay­o­nets, tracked ar­mored ve­hi­cles and high­pow­ered firearms and am­mu­ni­tion will once again be avail­able to state and lo­cal U.S. po­lice de­part­ments.

Na­tional po­lice or­ga­ni­za­tions say they will hold Trump to that prom­ise.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama is­sued an ex­ec­u­tive or­der re­strict­ing that ac­cess in 2015 amid an out­cry over po­lice use of ar­mored ve­hi­cles and other war-fight­ing gear to con­front pro­test­ers in Fer­gu­son, Mo., af­ter the fa­tal shoot­ing of Michael Brown. Since then, fed­eral of­fi­cials have re­called more than 1,800 items, which have been de­stroyed through tar­get prac­tice or oth­er­wise dis­posed of, of­fi­cials say.

But state and lo­cal po­lice or­ga­ni­za­tions have protested, in­sist­ing that mil­i­tarystyle ve­hi­cles and gear help pro­tect of­fi­cers’ lives and pub­lic safety — for ex­am­ple, a pri­vately man­u­fac­tured, tracked ar­mored ve­hi­cle played a key role in the po­lice re­sponse to the mass shoot­ing at a county govern­ment build­ing in San Bernardino, Calif., in De­cem­ber 2015.

Dur­ing his cam­paign, Trump sided with the po­lice. In Septem­ber, he promised to re­scind the ex­ec­u­tive or­der in a writ­ten re­sponse to a Fra­ter­nal Or­der of Po­lice ques­tion­naire that helped him win an en­dorse­ment from the or­ga­ni­za­tion of rank-and-file of­fi­cers.

“The 1033 pro­gram is an ex­cel­lent pro­gram that en­hances com­mu­nity safety. I will re­scind the cur­rent ex­ec­u­tive or­der,” reads the re­sponse posted on the group’s web­site.

“We take him at his word,” ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor James Pasco said. The Trump tran­si­tion team did not re­spond to ques­tions about the ex­ec­u­tive or­der.

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