May 19, 2015 8:02 PM
A presidential order announced Tuesday bans federal money for the purchase of "military-type" equipment for law enforcement.
The ban includes things like tank-like armored vehicles (with tracks instead of wheels), weaponized aircraft, high-caliber weapons, even camouflage uniforms. The president said they send the wrong message.
The Keene Police Department has a bearcat. In the past it has been used to respond to riots. It has wheels though, instead of tracks.
Here in New Hampshire a band of lawmakers said local, county and state police have already spent $6-million of federal money on "military type" equipment, a practice they would like to see stopped.
New Hampshire House Bill 407, approved in may, established a committee to study the classifications of military vehicles and equipment.