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benEzra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-27-09 06:50 PM
Response to Reply #124
128. Police ARE civilians, and (outside of SWAT) usually use civilian weapons.
Edited on Fri Feb-27-09 07:20 PM by benEzra
A "civilian" is someone who is subject to the civil law, as opposed to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Your local police officer is a civilian; in THIS country, the police are not a branch of the military.

Most departments only issue civilian weapons to regular patrol officers (pistols, shotguns, or non-automatic civilian rifles like AR-15's), reserving military weapons (M16's/M4's/MP5's, explosives, and whatnot) for SWAT. That is not always the case, but is the most common approach.
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