Dozens of House lawmakers are reintroducing a bill Tuesday to limit the Pentagon program that sends military-grade equipment to local police departments.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), “goes after the items that destroy trust and endanger communities while allowing support equipment transfers to continue,” a summary shared with The Hill said.
“Our neighborhoods need to be protected, but Americans and our founding fathers opposed blurring the line between police and the military,”
Johnson said in a statement Tuesday. “Before another town is transformed into a warzone with gifts of grenade launchers and high-caliber rifles, we must rein in this program and revisit our view of the safety of American cities and towns.”