Range of Weapons Provided to Ohio by U.S. Military

Posted August 19, 2014 at 10:07am

Cleveland.com reports that “the U.S. military has given mine-resistant vehicles, assault rifles, a grenade launcher, and thousands of other pieces of free surplus military equipment to law enforcement agencies around Ohio in recent years, state records show.”  

“Under the Department of Defense’s 1033 program, state troopers, sheriff’s departments, city police departments and even university police in Ohio have received nearly 4,900 assault rifles since 2006, according to state Department of Public Safety records obtained Monday by Northeast Ohio Media Group.”  

“Ohio law enforcement agencies also successfully asked the Pentagon for a total of 743 rifles, 683 pistols, and 36 mine-resistant vehicles during the past eight years, according to DPS statistics. In 2008, the Delaware Police Department received an M79 grenade launcher to fire tear gas canisters.”