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

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Jan. 26, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Maryland House would significantly limit the impact of federal programs that militarize local police.

Del. David Moon (D-Montgomery Co.), along with six Democrat cosponsors, introduced House Bill 240 (HB240). The legislation would prohibit police from procuring any of the following equipment from a federal military surplus program.

(1) An armored or weaponized aircraft; drone; or vehicle;

(2) A destructive device

(3) A firearm silencer

(4) A grenade launcher

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 HB240 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.

FEDERAL SURPLUS AND GRANT MONEY

Through the federal 1033 Program, local police departments procure military grade weapons, including automatic assault rifles, body armor and mine-resistant armored vehicles – essentially unarmed tanks. Police departments can even get their hands on military helicopters and other aircraft.

Police can also get military equipment through the Department …

Read more at The Tenth Amendment Center
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