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Lee Co. Sheriff reacts to President Obama banning some military equipment

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LEE CO., GA (WALB) - President Obama bans the federal Government from providing some military equipment to local police agencies.

A study group found substantial risk of misusing or overusing items like tracked armored vehicles, high-powered firearms, and camouflage uniforms.

Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals understands why heavy arterially shouldn't be given to local law enforcers, but he said other surplus military equipment can be quite useful for agencies such as his.

"It can also be used for rescue during a disaster, where you can get heavy big equipment in where you can't get regular vehicles in. That way you can get folks out in a safe manner,” said Sheriff Reggie Rachals Lee County Sheriff.

Sheriff Rachals says his office uses a military vehicle for their mobile command center, a transport van and ATV's.

The task force also created new controls for many weapons and gear the federal government provides to police.

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