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Two North Carolina ALE firearms unaccounted for

Two of the high-powered assault rifles belonging to the North Carolina Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement are missing, according to a story in The (Raleigh) News & Observer today. The ALE is the only state agency, including the State Highway Patrol, that provides every officer with an high-powered assault riffle, despite the relatively few situations ALE officers encounter where deadly force is needed.

"Wow, I didn't know they had those," State Sen. Ed Jones, a Democrat from Enfield who is a retired state trooper, told The News & Observer in an interview. "I'm sitting here trying to think of a good reason to justify why ALE would need that much firepower, but I'm having some trouble."

Read the article in today's News & Observer here.

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