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This State Just Took a Huge Stand Against the Obama Administration’s Militarization of Police

Anyone fed up with the Obama administration’s funneling of the Pentagon’s hand-me-downs to local police department? Then you might just want to move to Montana, where lawmakers have just taken a big stand.
The state of Montana took a major step towards stopping the militarization of state and local police last week, passing a historic bill that would ban law enforcement in the state from receiving “significant classes of military equipment” from the federal government.

Montana House Bill 330 would almost entirely restrict state and local police from acquiring surplus military equipment under the Pentagon’s controversial “1033 program,” in which local authorities can acquire surplus weaponry that range anywhere from armored personnel carriers to grenade launchers.

“If you get to the point where you need a grenade launcher, we’ve got the National Guard,” said Republican Rep. Nicholas Schwaderer, the man who crafted the bill.

“This foundation sets a massive precedent in Montana and the country as to what kind of society we want to have.”

… The bill bans obtaining “drones that are armored, weaponized, or both; aircraft that are combat configured or combat coded; grenades or similar explosives and grenade launchers; silencers; and militarized armored vehicles” from the 1033 program, which has expanded significantly under the Obama administration.

While previous statutes had prevented the Pentagon from directly giving arms to the police, it was reported last fall that Department of Homeland Security grants were being given to departments across the nation to purchase the equipment.


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