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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Albany Police officers are carrying guns right now that police leaders say aren't up to their standards.

The department plans to replace more than two hundred Smith & Wesson service weapons due to potential malfunctions.

Officers haven't reported any on-the-job problems with the Smith & Wesson 99.

But city and police leaders say the guns can jam when fired.

"It's not a major event. We don't have to stop everything we're doing. It's not that those Smith & Wessons aren't operational. It's just that there's a much better weapon, and we don't want to take any chances with our police officers," said Albany City Manager Al Lott.

APD is working with a vendor to trade the potentially defective guns for 220 Glock 40 handguns.

Officials say some other law enforcement agencies are also replacing the Smith and Wesson 99 with other models.

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