Border Patrol short on M4s; agents having to share weapons

Border Patrol short on M4s; agents having to share weapons

[Ed. – Thermonuclear face-palm.  Emphasis added.]

We learned that U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Offices of Border Patrol and Training and Development are inspecting the quality of agents’ M4 carbines throughout Border Patrol sectors nationwide. But agents tell us, some of those M4s have not been replaced. And, we’ve learned, agents are required to share rifles amongst each other. …

“There’s a lot of agents that are pretty upset over it,” said Art del Cueto, president of the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector union. …

The M4 carbine is used by the U.S. military and by Border Patrol agents. …

Del Cueto tells us that because some of those M4s have not been replaced, agents are pooling their weapons, which makes it difficult to personalize the settings on a rifle, such as the sights. …

Jeff Prather…a former drug enforcement agent who now runs the Warrior School in Tucson…said agents stand the risk of being over-powered on the border.

He says agents have contacted him and told him about their concerns about sharing the weapons.

“And now they’re seriously concerned. Because if they’re concerned enough to reach out and contact me and reach out so we get this message out, they are not only frustrated but they are in fear for their lives.”

Prather believes removing some of the rifles maybe politically motivated. He says he was told that many of these guns are being removed for issues that are easily repaired like the firing pin and bolt.

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