More shrill hysteria has ensued over active duty LEOs having these weapons. One Oakland councilwoman is apparently worried that the Oakland PD could use these rifles on Occupy protesters (you can't make this up).
Oakland City Councilwoman Jane Brunner questioned the policy, particularly for a department that has a reputation for excessive force, most recently against Occupy protesters. "I do not believe the police officers should be able to buy them personally anymore," she said. "Particularly after everything that has happened in Oakland, we need to make sure our officers are following protocol.Apparently CA police departments need to register their rifles with the US Justice Department.....
Meanwhile, those pesky gun rights activists at the CalGuns foundation are filing suit on behalf of a retired officer.
Something that made me laugh is that the CA Fish and Game Wardens have some of these personally purchased rifles as well but their department spokesman literally said he did not know why their officers have the rifles.
Remember folks, this is the state in which there is a growing movement to blame fast food for obesity in poor folks and actually enact laws against fast food joints and to consider mandating use of condoms in porn. You know, because our elected overlords know best.... The same elected overlords who deem California residents as not needing "shall issue" concealed carry permits but.....all animals are equal but some are more equal than others.
Mark my words, LEOs. Sooner or later you will lose your right to carry after you retire. "High capacity magazines" will soon become serialized, controlled gear for LEOs. A government that thinks it can fix every problem ends up controlling every aspect of your life. You give up your rights for false semblance of security.
One can only wonder if the California police unions will finally realize that the CA Democratic Party is hell bent on making California a socialist utopia, free of guns, fatty foods, bad thoughts, Constituional rights, etc....