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San Diego county sheriff Bill Gore has put out word that he’s in the market for 25 brand-new Smith & Wesson M&P15 AR .223 rifles, each to be equipped with an EOtech 512A65 holographic weapon sight. The MP in the rifle’s name stands for “Military & Police,” and the long gun is loaded with bells and whistles for the expert sniper, according to friendly fans. The gas-operated, semiautomatic carbine comes battle-ready out of the box in a variety of configurations for sniping at bad guys and other forms of urban combat, according to the gun’s maker. A reviewer for Guns & Ammo magazine commended the weapon’s long range: ”I just love a good quarter-mile coyote gun. Who would have thought I’d find one in an AR-15 type wearing a Smith & Wesson label?”

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Fred Williams June 13, 2012 @ 12:25 p.m.

Police, or Paramilitary?

Can anyone describe a legitimate law enforcement use for this weapon?

Can anyone deny the inevitability of this kind of weapon being turned on civilians?

If you think the sheriffs will use this to protect you, you're watching too much television and not reading enough history.

I dread the day these guns will be used to selectively shoot dead the leaders of protests against city hall. I fear that these days are not so far away...

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mindbomber June 14, 2012 @ 7:49 a.m.

Can anyone describe a legitimate law enforcement use for this weapon?

Shooting bad guys.

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monaghan June 15, 2012 @ 5:14 p.m.

Fred Williams -- we've been missing you! Maybe it won't be used against Occupiers, but you are right: there is no good reason for the sheriff's boys -- are there any girls out there? -- to have such weaponry.

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