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Police Say Criminals Packing More Heat

December 17, 2009  | 

Criminals increasingly are choosing high-powered firearms such as assault weapons, a new survey of 166 U.S. police agencies shows.

Nearly 40 percent of the departments reported an uptick in the use of assault weapons, according to the Police Executive Research Forum, a law enforcement think tank. In addition, half reported increases in the use of 9mm, .40-caliber, and 10mm handguns in crimes — among the same types of weapons that police use. The survey offers one of the broadest indications of officers' concerns about the armed threat from criminals involved in murder, assault, and other weapons-related offenses.

Read Full Story at USAToday.com


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tpd223 @ 12/17/2009 10:05 PM

I find it hard to belive that this tripe passes for news at the national level, let alone in a law enforcement e-newsletter.

This story is no more than a bunch of spin BS to try and grease the skids of the legislation that our current administration would like to pass.

10mms you say? Really? That caliber is used so little even by gun enthusiasts that it is difficult to even buy ammo for it.

This stroy is pure BS.

ROB ROY @ 12/21/2009 9:55 PM

tpd223 is dead on. I seriously doubt that the average turd can afford a fully automatic weapon. That is what it take's a rifle to be an assault rifle. The AR-15 and it's variant's are just a semi automatic rifle. I ecpect this kind of uninformed or uneducated discription from the lame stream media. I sure do not expect it from policemag.com

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