Red-faced police officials worked Monday to downplay the theft of dozens of weapons from a SWAT training center, stressing the guns had been altered and could not fire live rounds.
The 15 MP-5 submachine guns and 15 Colt .45-caliber handguns had been adjusted to fire training rounds tipped with plastic instead of lead. Police said it would require specialized parts that are not available to the general public to convert them back to regular weapons.
“Right now these weapons are inert. They don’t fire bullets,” said Los Angeles police Cmdr. Andy Smith. “It takes significant skill and significant parts to reconvert these back.”
The weapons were stolen early Thursday from an inconspicuous, rundown-looking ex-factory downtown, about a mile from SWAT headquarters. SWAT members were scheduled to train at the facility that morning and arrived to find the building had been burglarized.
Source: The Associated Press via Washington Post.
Red-faced police officials worked Monday to downplay the theft of dozens of weapons from…
by Tactical-Life.com / Oct 17, 2011