Monday, August 28, 2017

Trump to lift ban on providing military equipment to police....Obama once banned tracked vehicles, maybe now Houston can get AAVs!

via Washington Times.
The Trump administration is preparing to restore the flow of surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies under a program that had been sharply curtailed by the Obama administration amid an outcry over police use of armored vehicles and other war-fighting gear to confront protesters.
Documents obtained by The Associated Press indicate President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order undoing an Obama-era directive that restricted police agencies’ access to the gear that includes grenade launchers, firearms and ammunition.
Trump’s order would fully restore the program under which “assets that would otherwise be scrapped can be repurposed to help state, local, and tribal law enforcement better protect public safety and reduce crime,” according to the documents.
Story here. 

This story joggled my memory.  The Obama ban on providing gear to police specifically targeted tracked vehicles.

That's why my push to get municipalities and states AAVs stalled.

As soon as that ban is over every state along the Gulf should be pushing to have a few in their garages somewhere ready to act when the next flooding event occurs.

NOTE:  John made a good point yesterday with regard to the idea that the Marine Corps, specifically the Reserve Units being more responsive.  I knew that there is a Reserve AAV unit in LA, but didn't realize there was one in Texas.  The Governor is reaching for his National Guard but leaving a VERY CAPABLE asset sitting on the shelf.  Even worse is that the Marine Corps Reserve isn't forward leaning enough to aid their fellow citizens during their time of need.  Marine Corps Reserve and active duty leadership picked up another chit in the "bad mark" book.

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