Originally Posted by ithaca_deerslayer
... Please feel free to pass this on: If the police need "assault weapons" and high capacity magazines, we need them too
You willing to be subjected to the same classroom and range training & periodic qual requirements?
Granted, with more than 17,000+ LE agencies in the country, I'm sure the policies and training requirements vary quite a lot.
Originally Posted by BodymoreMurderland
Many police departments do not issue or allow rifles.
Yep. Some won't let their folks have issued or personally-owned rifles or carbines. Some will.
You want to be limited to whatever it is the agencies do, or don't do, in this regard in your area ... so your equipment "needs" accurately reflect those of your local agency?
The "If they need it, I need it" reasoning can easily be used to cut both ways. Be careful what you wish for ...