Baltimore Sun – Three campus police departments in Maryland now own surplus military gear including “riot type” shotguns, M16 assault rifles and an armored truck under a Defense Department program that’s sparked new controversy this month.
The items are part of more than $12 million in surplus military gear given to local police departments in Maryland under the Department of Defense Excess Property Program since 2006, according to Pentagon data released this month.
Officials at the University of Maryland, College Park, Morgan State University and Coppin State University said the shotguns and rifles are or will be used for training purposes.
They are not the only colleges in the country to get such surplus military gear. Florida International University received 50 M16 assault rifles and a mine-resistant vehicle, according to the Miami New Times.
Campus police also use military weapons to defend colleges from the students they chose