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Incoming Boston mayor, police clash over AR-15 proposal
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Boston police are clashing with the city's incoming mayor over a proposal to arm some officers with AR-15 rifles.

Mayor-elect Martin Walsh reportedly came out against the plan over the weekend. The Boston Police Department had been pushing for a limited number of officers to carry the high-powered rifles, in light of recent mass shootings as well as the Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year.

But after the incoming mayor initially stayed mum on the idea, a spokeswoman for Walsh told the Boston Herald he's not on board -- not yet, anyway.

"Mayor-elect Walsh is opposed to the AR-15 rifles," she was quoted as saying. "Unless otherwise convinced by the Boston Police Department, he does not think they are necessary."

Police officials had pushed for the rifle purchases in response to mass shootings like the one in Newtown, Conn. The Boston Marathon bombing happened after the plan was already in the works but nevertheless fueled the proposal.

One unnamed officer told the Herald that "it gives you at least a fighting chance if you go into something where suspects have more firepower than you."

Under the plan, according to, the city would buy 33 AR-15 rifles, at $2,500 apiece. They would go to two trained officers in all 11 districts of Boston.

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In all honesty, I have no problem with law enforcement having AR-15 rifles in their patrol vehicles as long as 1) They receive the proper training with it, and 2) the citizens in their jurisdiction are allowed to have them too.

I believe in Mass. "assault rifles" are illegal, so too bad for the police. The Mayor-elect's reasoning for not having them is kind of disturbing though.

Also, $2,500 for a patrol rifle!?! I can get a Colt AR, optic, quad rail, and mounted flashlight for under $1,800 easily.
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Who the hell still calls the AR-15 a " high powered" rifle?
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