Why do universities need grenade launchers?

Minnesota DailyThe University of Minnesota announced in October it was returning military-grade weapons that it acquired through a federal program — but it failed to mention a few.

The campus group Students United Against Police Brutality obtained documents that show the University neglected to disclose ownership of three M79 grenade launchers it received through the federal Law Enforcement Support Office established by the Department of Defense, whose 1033 program allows police departments to obtain surplus military weapons for free.

They also had several M-16 rifles -- that's the military, full-auto version, if you believe the model number. If it was just grenade launchers, I would guess riot control (with tear gas rounds), but attached to full-auto rifles isn't exactly non-lethal.

This entry was published Wed Aug 12 11:13:55 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2015-08-12 11:13:55.0. [Tweet]

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