According to a freedom of information request by MuckRock, Wisconsin State Police have received 160 M-16 automatic military rifles. The Department of Defense’s 1033 program is to blame. The program allows for local law enforcement agencies to get their hands on these goodies. The 1033 program also permits the resale or transfer of military weapons and vehicles to local departments.
The question is why do state police need automatic rifles? The Wisconsin 1033 program is currently handled by a non-profit organization, the Wisconsin Technical College System Foundation.
Last year we even saw colleges beginning to acquire MRAP vehicles. Now, according to Bloomberg, the United States Army is giving away 13,000 military grade armored trucks for free, which tax payers purchased for $500,000 each. The 20-ton MRAPs, or Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected trucks, were built with the intention to save U.S. soldiers from roadside bombs during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Last October, the City of Madison purchased the Navistar Defense MaxxPro MRAP for their local police department. Why do we need armored vehicles on Wisconsin streets?