The Killeen City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of military-style semi-automatic rifles for the Killeen Police Department.

Approval means the department will move forward with the purchase of 231 FNH FN-15 carbines.

The FN-15 is similar in appearance to the Army’s M16 and described as a “semi-automatic, modern sporting rifle” by its manufacturer.

Police Chief Dennis Baldwin said the weapons would be available to all officers and allow them to respond to situations where criminals wield high-powered weapons with high-capacity magazines.

The total cost of the purchase is $202,125, which will be split between a state seizure account, a seized weapons credit and money from a Justice Department grant received in 2013.

Contact Natalie Stewart at nstewart@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7555

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