Posted: Mar 27, 2013 12:59 PM by Ben Lloyd - email@example.com
Updated: Mar 27, 2013 6:46 PM
NUECES COUNTY - County Commissioners approved a deal between the Nueces County Sheriff's Office and a gun dealer to exchange 14 older service rifles for 10 new tactical rifles.
Talks started last year with G2 Arms, LLC for 10 H&K 416 D tactical rifles. The oldest rifles being retired by the Sheriff's Office are WWII-era Reising submachine guns purchased in the 1970's. The other rifles are H&K MP5s.
All have reached the extent of their service life for use by law enforcement.
Since late last year, prices for tactical rifles have spike significantly due to increased demand amid concerns they may be restricted by Congress. The deal reached by the county with the Class 3 dealer quotes the new tactical rifles at the same value they held a year ago.
According to the Sheriff's Office, the dealer is gambling on the Reising submachine guns and H&Ks having a high resale value as collector's items.
The newer rifles will allow deputies to be more evenly matched if they ever have to face well-armed suspects.
The deal has not been finalized. Officials still need to track down paperwork on a couple of rifles before they can be sold or traded.
Once completed, deputies will need to be trained and qualified with the new rifles before they're placed into service.
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