The Fontana Unified School District in Fontana, Calif., bought 14 Colt 6940 rifles, at $1,000 each, to be issued to school police officers, reports KTLA-TV (video below).
The semi-automatic weapons are used by both law enforcement and U.S. Special Forces.
The gun purchase was approved by district Superintendent Cali Olsen-Binks last October. School officers received the guns last month and received 40 hours of training, reports the Fontana Herald News.
School officials said the rifles will be stored in safes on campuses and will only be used to respond to attacks.
School Police Chief Billy Green told the Fontana Herald News: “We know that criminals wear bullet proof vests. Our guns are not able to penetrate these vests from long distance, so we need shoulder weapons to defend innocent people. This is a decision I made, and I have no regrets.”
School board member Sophia Green told KCAL-TV: “They did have meetings. But at no point [did anyone say], ‘Semi-automatic guns will be bought,’ ‘We have semi-automatic guns,’ or ‘Semi-automatic guns are being stored on school property.’”
Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren and Police Chief Rodney Jones endorsed the gun purchase.