Through these programs, local police departments procure military grade weapons, including automatic assault rifles, body armor and mine resistant armored vehicles – essentially unarmed tanks. Police departments can even get their hands on military helicopters, drones, and other aircraft.
The Defense Department has transferred some $4.2 billion worth of equipment to domestic police agencies through the 1033 program alone. On top of that, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) runs the “Homeland Security Grant Program,” giving more than $900 million in counterterrorism funds to state and local police in 2013 alone.
States can take action to nullify the practical effect of these federal programs by simply withdrawing from them.
TAKE ACTION: Contact your state rep AND senator – give them the three versions below (you can download each as pdf), and urge them to introduce the best one for your state. Find your legislators’ contact info at this link.
BILL TRACKING – at this link.