Mar 12, 2013 7:40 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck
State police are getting new rifles after six years of waiting. The money hadn't been available to buy them until recently.
"State police is not providing its troopers with rifles, in response to any incident nationally, locally or otherwise. This is solely to make sure that the troopers working, doing their jobs, day in and day out have those tools necessary to effectively keep the public safe," Trooper Stephen Hammons said.
Right now troopers use older military grade rifles or, troopers like Hammons use their personal rifles. The new rifles are Bush-Master M-4 patrol rifles.
"They're very tactfully sound. Other agencies not only here in the Acadiana area, throughout the state, in the nation are going to patrol rifles because of their versatility, their ease of use, their pinpoint accuracy," Hammons said.
Hammons says the rifles will be a major asset as it's another weapon in their arsenal in the event they need it.
"It's not to say that troopers didn't have rifles, we just had a military rifle which was a little older but could effectively do its job if needed to. These troopers that had received those rifles will also be receiving these new ones," Hammons said.