Daniel Novick
January 13, 2010

[efoods]On Tuesday, the El Paso Police Department got approval to buy 1,145 M4s, otherwise known as an AR 15 semi-automatic rifle.

“It’s going to be used in rare instances, hopefully we won’t have to use them at all in El Paso,” said El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen.

Allen said El Paso is behind places like Austin, Albuquerque and Dallas, where officers there already have the rifles.

But El Paso is not like those cities.

As KFOX has reported, El Paso is the second safest city in the country, and the violence in Juarez has yet to spill over.

“This is an opportunity to prepare for the possibility of any spillover, [and to] forego that in the hope that it doesn’t would be negligent on my part to say the least,” Allen told KFOX.

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