Warner select board okays Sturm, Ruger firearms gift for police department

  • Warner police Chief Bill Chandler discusses new firearms coming into the police department May 10, 2016. NICK STOICO / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 5/11/2016 1:34:52 AM

The Warner select board accepted a collection of firearms as a gift from Sturm, Ruger to the police department Tuesday evening.

Police Chief Bill Chandler said the department was recently invited to tour the gun manufacturer’s Newport location for a showcase of its new law enforcement and military weapons. Following the visit, the company offered to replace the department’s weapons free of charge.

“It is a great opportunity not only for the department but for the taxpayer as well,” Chandler said before the board and the fewer than 10 residents attending the public hearing.

The hearing lasted less than 15 minutes, ending as the board accepted the weapons and authorized a buyback program for the department’s old guns.

Sturm, Ruger’s gift – which Chandler valued at more than $16,000 – includes a dozen 9 mm pistols and three tactical rifles. Chandler said the timing was right as the department was likely going to replace their weapons within the next two years.

The department’s old weapons will be made available for private purchase by officers. Any guns that are not sold back will stay in the department’s possession.

(Nick Stoico can be reached at 369-3309 or nstoico@cmonitor.com.)

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