Feb 13, 2016 8:50 AM

Meredith police's grenade launcher recalled by government

The Associated Press

MEREDITH — A grenade launcher obtained through a U.S. Department of Defense program has been recalled by the federal government.

The Concord Monitor reports the Meredith Police Department mailed its M79 "thumper" back to the government at a price of $37.52 to ship the 8-pound package to a defense depot in Alabama.

President Obama called for local police departments across the country to send back any surplus military gear and weapons they received from the federal government by April 1st.

State Department of Safety officials say Meredith police's grenade launcher was the only weapon eligible for recall in New Hampshire.

The recall comes in the midst of a growing national concern about such heavy weaponry being in the possession of local police forces.

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