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JSO fixing faulty rifles

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Updated: 9/12/2013 10:35 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- JSO officers turned in their rifles Thursday.

Our cameras captured officer after officer turning in their weapon to fight crime.

"Earlier this year, JSO had an accidental discharge involving an Olympic Arms AR-15," said JSO Dir. Tom Hackney. The same weapon officers turned in Thursday.

Hackney said one of the weapons went off a few months ago as one officer handed it to the other. He blames a malfunction with the trigger assembly piece in the weapon.

So, JSO started looking into the problem. Two weeks ago, there was another problem with the same type of rifle, this time at the firing range. "The last pull resulted in multiple firings of the gun," said Hackney.

So now the department is on the hook for the $50,000 fix.

It's money Hackney said has to be spent. "This is normal maintenance. Guns are machines. They do have parts that break," said Hackney.

Even though the rifles are under lock and key, Hackney said it doesn't mean officers won't be armed while they patrol our city streets. "I don't want citizens to be concerned with officers not having rifles. Safety comes first," said Hackney.

We are told JSO also uses rifles from another manufacturer. The fix should take about 30 days.
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RetiredJSO - 9/13/2013 7:33 AM
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JSO.s Rifles are semi-auto not full-auto capable like the military issued weapons. They were purchashed by JSO that way. JSO has over 2000 officers so when you have numbers like that repairs to equipment can be expensive.

Truthseeker - 9/13/2013 4:36 AM
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The state doesn't puchase rifles for city/county police departments. I'm not sure what military grade means, but you can buy these rifles from just about any reputable dealer, even if they are fully automatic with the appropriate paper work and fees. I am also not sure why the fix would cost $50,000. I can replace everything in the lower receiver in mine with match grade parts for about $250.00. I think the taxpayer is being fleeced - AGAIN.

osprey1 - 9/12/2013 8:01 PM
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Why are these rifles being fixed with tax payer dollars, they are probably military grade and purchased in large quantities by the state. They should be covered by the manufacture as defective merchandise and returned to the factory for repairs.
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