Illinois Bill Would Take Steps Toward Rejecting Federal Militarization of Local Police

SPRINGFIELD, Ill (Jan. 23, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Illinois House would significantly limit the impact of federal programs that militarize local police.

Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago) introduced House Bill 4286 (HB4286) on Jan. 19. The legislation would prohibit police from procuring any of the following equipment from a federal military surplus program.

(1) drones that are armored, weaponized, or both
(2) aircraft that are combat configured or combat coded
(3) grenades or similar explosives and grenade launchers
(4) silencers
(5) militarized armored vehicles

The bill would prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from using federal funds to purchase allowable military surplus equipment. This provision would ensure that the acquisition of such equipment would have to go through a transparent budgetary approval process at the state or local level.

The proposed law would also require any law enforcement agency that requests property from a military equipment surplus program to publish a notice of the request on a publicly accessible website within 14 days after the request,

The provisions of HB4286 would apply to military equipment available both through the well-known 1033 program, along with any other military surplus program operated by the federal government.…

Read more at The Tenth Amendment Center
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