Supplying Police with Military Surplus

By Dan Cadman on August 29, 2017

Media are reporting that the Trump administration will be reversing a ban instituted by the Obama White House, and will once again permit the disposal of military surplus weaponry and gear by providing it to state and local police agencies.

In the past, such policies allowed police departments to obtain everything from tactical riot gear to armored vehicles used for riot control and other extreme public disturbance events.

My only observation is to hope that this administration will exercise the same wisdom and sense of balance in the distribution of this surplus that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is now trying to instill through his ban on federal funds to sanctuary jurisdictions.

The principle is simple: If you don't cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts, don't ask the federal government to supply you with vehicles, weapons, or gear.