The Canadian Press
April 7, 2010

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OTTAWA — Mounties responsible for protecting Parliament Hill are being issued submachine guns.

The RCMP officers will be equipped with the Heckler and Koch MP5 submachine gun.

But the RCMP says officers will still rely on their semi-automatic nine millimetre pistols as their primary weapon.

The machine guns will be a “secondary weapon” left in cruisers.

RCMP assistant commissioner Pat McDonell says the weapon will also be issued to officers who keep watch over foreign embassies.

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