I found this interesting. When the media refers to rifles used by law enforcement during a shooting event, they reference the standard AR-15 semi-automatic rifle as a “patrol rifle” rather than an “assault weapon.”
Can you find the use of an AR-15 type rifle being carried by law enforcement referred to as an “assault weapon” in the media? If so, please link to the article in the comments section.
To be perfectly clear, the rifles carried by almost all of law enforcement are exactly the same rifles that can be purchased by law-abiding civilians in states free from an “assault weapons” ban. It’s rare for law enforcement to carry select-fire or fully-automatic versions of these rifles.
From the Tyler Morning Telegraph, with my emphasis in bold.
“The (man) failed to comply with the officers’ instructions and re-entered the residence through the back door. Officer Matt Riggle moved to the back door and continued to give this suspect commands to drop the weapon,” he said.
Martin said the man Fuentes pointed the handgun at Riggle, and Riggle fired his patrol rifle (AR-15) several times, striking Fuentes.
From the News-Herald in Michigan. Notice the change of use. A gunman is using an assault weapon while the exact same rifle is referred to as a patrol rifle when in the hands of law enforcement.
A police officer has been suspended for 30 days without pay after admitting to taking a patrol rifle home to prove a point. …
According to Grant, past practice dictated that if a patrol car was going to be used in the next shift, it was permissible for an officer from the previous shift to leave the gun in the car for the next officer. He said the officer who left the gun in the patrol car did nothing wrong, but it bothered the officer who followed him in the next shift. Grant said this particular officer prefers to not carry a patrol rifle. Police are required to carry a pistol with them at all times. Although the patrol rifle is optional, Grant said most officers like to have the rifle in their vehicles in case a need arises for higher-caliber weapons, such as a standoff with a gunman using a rifle or an assault weapon.
“This officer noticed the gun was left in the car and he indicated that it irritated him,” Grant said. “He went to his house and stored the gun in a locker. He said he wanted to see if the missing gun would be noticed.”
The new Elizabethton, Tenn. police chief is certified as a patrol rifle instructor rather than an assault weapon instructor. In Omaha, Neb., police officer recruits trained for an active shooter event and can be certified for a patrol rifle. A Christmas card was sent to between 50 and 100 “offenders on its naughty list” by the Abbotsford Police Department in British Columbia, Canada. The card featured the chief in a Santa suit holding an AR-15 patrol rifle, not an “assault weapon.”