A bill proposed in the New Hampshire legislature would forbid local and state law enforcement agencies from using military equipment not available to civilians.
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Earlier this month, Republican state Rep. J.R. Hoell (pictured above) reintroduced H.B. 407, which if passed in New Hampshire would stop “the state and political subdivisions from acquiring military available in an open national commercial market.” Hoell was a delegate for Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, in the 2012 Presidential election.
As Russia Today pointed out, “local police forces across the United States have benefited from the militarized mindset of the post-9/11, ‘war on terror’ era, as wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and funding from the likes of the US Department of Homeland Security have resulted in a mass proliferation of military-grade weaponry.”
Local law enforcement agencies are able to procure unarmed tanks and other military grade vehicles through the federal 1033 program, the Tenth Amendment Center noted. Here is more of bill’s text:
Except as provided in paragraph I [which makes an exemption for the state guard], no state agency or political subdivision of this state shall acquire, purchase, or otherwise accept for use any military-equipped vehicle or military grade hardware, including but not limited to armored personnel carriers, Title II weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles, or unmanned ground vehicles, unless such military grade vehicle or hardware is readily available in an open national commercial market.
Hoell submitted this bill last year, telling a committee at the time that “At the end of the day, we have a law enforcement agency that is more militarized than we intended,” The Concord Monitor reported.
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