North Jersey towns stockpile weapons

August 18, 2008 5:51:16 AM PDT
Police departments in northern New Jersey are collecting tactical and assault weapons, raising eyebrows from residents who don't think such powerful weapons are needed in the suburbs. In a survey of 44 police departments, The Record of Bergen County found almost half of them owned or planned to purchase tactical weapons.

The paper reports that most departments are purchasing semiautomatic guns, while a handful are buying fully automatic weapons. Only a few have M16s or urban rifles.

Police officials say they need the arsenals to keep up with criminals.

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