posted on Feb, 9 2003 @ 11:30 AM
Most local police departments run on budgets allocated by local government. So, purchasing of weapons is a budget minded event.
However, many smaller local law enforcement agencies do allow officers to privately purchase duty weapons. I personally believe that is the way to go,
as it allows the individual officer to buy a weapon he is likely more familiar and more proficient with, and since it is his or her property, they are
more likely to practice with it and take care of it.
Of course, here in the US, we actually have a few personal rights and freedoms left that allows us to purchase firearms for personal protection (and
defence of the constitutional rights, should it come to it, from agression, foreign or domestic) Although I dont own a Barrett, or any .50 weapon, I
would love to!