Ill. police trade in shotguns for assault rifles

By Carolyn Rusin
The Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Schaumburg police will equip squad cars with semiautomatic rifles, replacing the shotguns that had been issued to officers, officials said Tuesday.

Officials said the .223-caliber AR-15 rifles, which are more accurate and have a longer range, will give officers more ammunition than the 12-gauge pump-action shotguns that they will replace.

"This provides our officers with increased firearm power," said Sgt. John Nebl, a police spokesman. "[Rifles] are easily accurate for at least up to 100 yards."

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