by Becki Gray
Former Senior Vice President, John Locke Foundation
The Pentagon gave nearly half a billion dollars in military equipment to local law enforcement agencies last year, according to the Washington Post. Like who?
$4Billion worth since 1990 is right here in NC.
Woodfin, NC has a grenade launcher. But no grenades.
Orange County sheriff’s office received an RV, 10 pickup trucks and a Humvee, blankets, an armored vehicle and firearms.
The Chapel Hill Police Department got an armored military vehicle.
The Durham Police Department received an armored vehicle and firearms, like M-16s that have been converted to semi-automatic weapons.
The Raleigh Police Department received more than $21,000 in surplus military equipment including rucksacks, gun racks, gun scopes, ammo cans and wire cages – but no firearms or vehicles.