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Democrats reintroduce bill to limit transfer of military equipment to police

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 24: House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) questions former Special Counsel Robert Mueller as he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Rayburn House Office Building July 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Mueller, along with former Deputy Special Counsel Aaron Zebley, will later testify before the House Intelligence Committee in back-to-back hearings on Capitol Hill. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 24: House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) questions former Special Counsel Robert Mueller as he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Rayburn House Office Building July 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Mueller, along with former Deputy Special Counsel Aaron Zebley, will later testify before the House Intelligence Committee in back-to-back hearings on Capitol Hill. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 24: House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) in the Rayburn House Office Building July 24, 2019 in Washington, D.C.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 3:35 PM PT – Tuesday, March 9, 2021

House Democrats are set to reintroduce a measure which would seek to limit the transfer of military gear to local law enforcement.

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) unveiled the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act on Tuesday.

If passed, the bill would restrict the 1033 Program, which allows the Pentagon to pass down excess military grade equipment to police departments.

In a statement, the Georgia Democrat claimed “America’s founding fathers opposed blurring the line between police and the military.”

However, law enforcement officials said the program helps them to do their job more efficiently and at low cost.

“It allows us to get some of the things that we need without having to pay for it out of our budget,” Sheriff Jack Smith of the Northampton County Sheriff’s Department said.

The bill was also introduced last summer at the height of anti-police riots and calls for defunding the police.

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