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Virginia Police Department Ditches Trades Shotgun Rounds for Beanbags

Posted on AllSides June 23rd, 2023
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Police in a Virginia County near Washington, D.C. are swapping bullets for beanbags. The police department in Fairfax County took shotgun rounds away from all its patrol units, and is converting more than three-quarters of its arsenal of 12-gauge shotguns to fire the “less-lethal” ammunition, reported. But the weapons are called “less-lethal” for a reason—even the beanbag ammunition can cause serious injury or death. The department’s switch comes as police across the country reevaluate officers’ use of shotguns on duty. But it’s not cutting lethal shotgun rounds out entirely, as...

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