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JSO fixing faulty rifles

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Updated: 9/12/2013 10:35 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- JSO officers turned in their rifles Thursday.

Our cameras captured officer after officer turning in their weapon to fight crime.

"Earlier this year, JSO had an accidental discharge involving an Olympic Arms AR-15," said JSO Dir. Tom Hackney. The same weapon officers turned in Thursday.

Hackney said one of the weapons went off a few months ago as one officer handed it to the other. He blames a malfunction with the trigger assembly piece in the weapon.

So, JSO started looking into the problem. Two weeks ago, there was another problem with the same type of rifle, this time at the firing range. "The last pull resulted in multiple firings of the gun," said Hackney.

So now the department is on the hook for the $50,000 fix.

It's money Hackney said has to be spent. "This is normal maintenance. Guns are machines. They do have parts that break," said Hackney.

Even though the rifles are under lock and key, Hackney said it doesn't mean officers won't be armed while they patrol our city streets. "I don't want citizens to be concerned with officers not having rifles. Safety comes first," said Hackney.

We are told JSO also uses rifles from another manufacturer. The fix should take about 30 days.
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