Chicago Police to use M4 Carbines


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TargetTerror
April 27, 2008, 05:38 PM
http://www.fortmilltimes.com/124/v-print/story/145020.html

CHICAGO Chicago police officers will be armed with combat rifles to better rival the firepower of street gangs, police Superintendent Jody Weis has announced.

Weis unveiled the plan to equip and train the department's 13,500 officers with M4 carbines on Friday. Details about when the change would happen and who would pay for the guns were not disclosed.

The idea came as a surprise to many, since Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is a vocal gun control proponent.

At a news conference Saturday, Daley said the M4 carbines "will be seldom used" and while he is an advocate of gun control, the decision to equip officers with the rifles was "not difficult."

"The weapons of criminals are getting bigger and bigger," he said.

Chicago Police SWAT teams are equipped with M4 carbines, but police officers are currently only allowed to carry handguns.

The M4 is a short assault rifle used by the U.S. Marine Corps. It fires more shots in less time than most handguns.

Chicago police spokeswoman Antoinette Ursitti had no further details about the plan Saturday.


Assuming the M4s are semis-autos, that statement makes no sense because fire rate is controlled by the shooter. If they are full auto, then I'd like to play with the handguns that shooter at a higher rate :D

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Jorg Nysgerrig
April 27, 2008, 05:46 PM
Already being discussed: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=359091

TargetTerror
April 27, 2008, 05:50 PM
oops, fair enough. Mods, feel free to close/delete this.

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