The Toronto Police service is set to buy at least 50 C8 carbine assault rifles.
The rifles, which cost $2,000 each, will be carried in patrol cars in all of the city’s 17 divisions starting in May of this year.
This type of weapon isn’t new to the Toronto Police, the Toronto Emergency Task Force officers have been using the weapons for the past 16 years but this is new for them to be in patrol cars. And actually Toronto police are the last police force in the country to allow front-line officers with C8 rifles.
Toronto Police say the move is justified as the C8 is more accurate than a pistol and have little recoil meaning almost anyone can fire them.
But is this sort of firepower necessary? Will it help deescalate situations as the police claim?
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