BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Police in Bismarck, North Dakota, are requesting funding in the city's 2019 budget for equipment including AR-15 rifles for school resource officers.
The Bismarck Tribune reports that Bismarck Public Schools and the Bismarck Police Department are sharing the cost of purchasing nearly $26,000 worth of AR-15s, gun safes, additional bulletproof vests and medical kits.
District officials say the district won't fund the acquisition of firearms and that the rifles will be locked up in the schools.
Police and school officials began considering rifles for school resource officers after 17 people were killed in February in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
The Bismarck officers currently carry handguns, which police say won't help when they need to shoot from a distance.
If approved, Bismarck police will receive the funds in January.
Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com