A Maryland county police department has cobbled together an AR lower, other hand-me-downs, and a $2,723 single-shot 50 BMG conversion kit for counter-terrorism operations.
Listen to their pathetic justification.
The problem, Plitt explained, was that the department had few options if a terrorist tried to drive a truck bomb into a local building. County snipers – there are about a dozen – routinely carry .308-caliber rifles. The guns are powerful and accurate, but not great at stopping a runaway truck.
One shot from a .50-caliber rifle, however, can take out a vehicle’s engine, according to Sgt. Jim Phillips, a leader of one of the county’s Quick Response Teams.
So they’re trying to justify using a slow-loading, single-shot weapon against a truck or car bomb, and the whole scenario for the justification for the purchase is that the police will:
- know of the attack far enough in advance to call in the handful of SWAT personnel that have been trained on the weapon
- deploy the shooter and weapon out into the county to the site of the expected attack
- be able to know precisely which side of the building the attack is coming from, and then
- be able to hit the target, with a single disabling shot while it is in motion.
Incredibly, that justification passed muster with the county auditor.