President Trump Set to Lift Obama-Era Ban On Military Gear For Local Police

President Trump is poised to lift an Obama-era ban on military equipment for local police forces.

Former president Obama banned the sale of such equipment in 2015, following a St. Louis police department paramilitary-style response to rioting in the wake of events in Ferguson, Missouri, that year.

“We’ve seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people a feeling like they’re an occupying force, as opposed to a force that’s part of the community that’s protecting them and serving them,” Obama said in explaining the ban.

According to documents obtained by Fox News, Trump will sign an executive order lifting that hurdle and allowing the Department of Defense to recycle “life-saving” gear for use with local law enforcement.

Via Fox News:

The Trump administration will bring back the movement of surplus military equipment to local law enforcement.

Documents obtained by Fox News reveal President Trump will sign an executive order reversing an Obama-era policy which restricted local police agencies’ ability to get access to gear such as armored personnel carriers, grenade launchers and other military-grade equipment.

Trump’s executive order will restore “The full scope of a longstanding program for recycling surplus, lifesaving gear from the Department of Defense.”

Police groups have been requesting that the president rescind Obama’s executive ban allowing law enforcement to capably respond to active shooter calls or terrorist attacks.

A military-style armored vehicle was used in response to the terror attack in San Bernardino, California.

“Much of the equipment provided through the 1033 program is entirely defensive in nature,” an Administration proposal reads.

They “protect officers in active shooter scenarios and other dangerous situations.”

They further explain, “Assets that would otherwise be scrapped can be repurposed to help state, local, and tribal law enforcement better protect public safety and reduce crime.”

Do you think local law enforcement should have access to military-style equipment for use in countering live shooter scenes or terrorism investigations? Share your thoughts below!

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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  • The more the Left challenges simple logic like this the stronger Trump gets.
    As important as proper gear for our police is it is more important to enforce laws against wearing masks and carrying club like tools to any protests of any kind. Back packs should also be outlawed. These things are part of the uniform of ANTIFA so it would be difficult to get such laws past our leftest media and the self serving Democrats but it must be done to avoid another Charlottesville.
    If you believe your opinion has merit carry your sign, shout, show your face, sign your letters and dissociate yourself quickly if anyone joins who wears a mask. You could find yourself counted among the KKK, the Neo-Nazis or the White Supremacists when you just wanted to protest the removal of a statue,if people of that aspersion show up. Most public KKK and Nazis are only paid straw-men off the extreme left.
    ANTIFA is different: they are well trained anarchists of our extreme Left and operate in packs to avoid individual accounting for the damage to property and police that they intend to inflict.
    If you find yourself in a protest involving any of these groups get out of there. Your participation will only serve the Leftist media's dishonest narrative.
    Help our police enforce the law. These masked protesters will kill free speech if unchecked.

  • As everyone lines up to praise the President for this action, please stop and consider any possible down side. Yes there is a down side or at least there could be. Remember these are government employees doing the governments bidding. They get paid to do what they're told not to do whats right. When told to "stand down" they did not do the right thing, they stood down...........................

  • I wonder that kenyan bozo and his husband Michael do now? Hiding underground with the CIA and his Sorosescu-paid anti-fa-thugs? I want see that retarded bat-ear muslim gets justice, soon!

  • Protect those that are protecting you, me, us. Law Enforcement has to have the ability to enforce that which is the Law. You don't bring a knife to a gun fight. Personnel carriers are not tanks.

  • I don't know. There are still a lot of "Bullies with Badges" out there. When a Military back up is needed, that is what the National Guard is supposed to be for. They want to take our AR-15 Semi autos away, but give the Police tanks? And this myth about Police being out gunned is just that! A MYTH!

  • With the treacherous riots by the "hate" groups, the police need to be able to defend themselves and innocent people. Obviously, the gangs are out for blood; they can't be held back with water pistols!

    • The Cops in Charlottesville already said that them being "OUT GUNNED" was BS! It was a set up by the Mayor and Governor to hood wink people lik you!
      Just ask yourself:, since many of those people had CCL's and were carrying weapons....HOW COME NO ONE GOT SHOT?............BUT THERE WERE HUNDREDS OF SHOTS FIRED IN FURGUSON, AND SEVERAL PEOPLE KILLED BY GUN FIRE!

  • Hey, the drug gangs and criminals have better weapons than most of the police. This is a great move on the part of the President !

      • Nah, Hoffhack. Obviously, you are a leftie who loves criminals and hates LEOs because you are so sure the gangs and criminals have't the weapons, tell us to which gang do you belong, MS-13, Mala Noce? What's your weapon of choice?

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