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West Monroe police: Street guns up to par

4 years ago October 11, 2010 Oct 11, 2010 Monday, October 11 2010 Monday, October 11, 2010 6:44:37 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Andrea Fontenot

Police in Monroe say the weapons they confiscate when making arrests are just as good as their own.

West Monroe Maj. James Keys says he's noticed officers coming in with  apprehended AK-47s.

Keys said police have arrested suspects with older model Colt pistols, but he also has seen weapons not too different from their own.

Monroe Police Cpl. Scott Ferguson said police find firearms of all calibers on suspects.

Ferguson said most guns used in committing crimes are bought on the street, instead of from a legitimate retailer, because they are cheaper.

He said some rifles and shotguns picked up by police are sometimes found to have been taken in a burglary.

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