Cops Can Own Banned Machine Guns
Steven Greenhut: Thanks to the efforts of the police lobby and the shameless pandering by Republican and Democratic politicians, police officers have special rights in this state far above those enjoyed by the average citizen. They get professional courtesy for traffic violations and DUIs and can even drive toll-free on toll roads, as an Orange County investigation a few years ago revealed. We’re talking about the passes they get — and their spouses and family members receive — while off-duty. Now the Daily News reports, “Peace officers throughout California have bought more than 7,600 assault weapons that are outlawed for civilians in the decade since state lawmakers allowed the practice, according to data obtained by The Associated Press after it was revealed that federal authorities are investigating illegal gun sales by law enforcement.”
In a free society, officials should not be a special class that receives special privileges. Those are the types of things seen more typically in authoritarian societies. Police officers and other government officials should live by the same laws they enforce on the rest of us. It’s time to start revisiting these matters.
May 19, 2013