California city arms school guards with 14 Colt LE6940 ARs

Photo: Steve Woods Fontana Unified School District police purchased 14…

Photo: Steve Woods

Fontana Unified School District police purchased 14 of the Colt LE6940 rifles last fall, and they were delivered the first week of December — a week before the Connecticut school shooting. Over the holiday break, the district’s 14 school police officers received 40 hours of training on the rifles. Officers check them out for each shift from a fireproof safe in the police force’s main office.

Fontana isn’t the first district to try this. Other Southern California districts also have rifle programs — some that have been in operation for several years. Fontana school police Chief Billy Green said he used money from fingerprinting fees to purchase the guns for $14,000 after identifying a “critical vulnerability” in his force’s ability to protect students. The officers, who already wear sidearms, wouldn’t be able to stop a shooter like the one in Connecticut, he said Wednesday.

“They’re not walking around telling kids, ‘Hurry up and get to class’ with a gun around their neck,” the chief said. “Parents need to know that if there was a shooter on their child’s campus that was equipped with body armor or a rifle, we would be limited in our ability to stop that threat to their children.”

Read the rest of Gillian Flaccus’ Associated Press article at NBC News

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  • Matt

    People that complian about the cops having them would be the first on TV talking about the lack of protection they get. Maybe if they didn’t give college for free CA could put more money into the normal public school system.

  • Matt in Oklahoma

    Isnt that the same one the public cant own there?