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Ash asking council to buy assault rifles for LPD

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Ward 4 City Council Member Bernie Ash was scheduled to present an ordinance calling for new patrol carbines at Tuesday night's meeting.

"The Lebanon Police Department has a need for new patrol carbines in order to better protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Lebanon," the ordinance reads.

Ash told The Wilson Post that he decided to take action after the recent terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California.

"I was watching those police officers on TV and they were showing up with handguns," he said. "Talking to our police officers here - they don't have assault weapons either."

Ash said that his goal is to make sure officers are properly equipped to handle not only terror incidents, but any incident requiring assault weaponry.

"I don't want our guys to be outgunned," he said. "I don't want to put them in a situation where they are being fired at with assault rifles and all they have are pistols... We live in a different world now."

The cost of providing assault rifles to local officers is listed on the ordinance to not exceed $45,000. Ash said additional training will be involved as well.

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