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ASU plans to return M-16s obtained under military surplus program

Arizona State University plans to return 70 M-16s obtained a year and a half ago under a Department of Defense program that distributes surplus weapons to law enforcement agencies, a spokeswoman said Monday.

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Sgt. Daniel Macias, a spokesman for the Arizona State University Police Department, said the school requested 70 M-16s to equip all of its officers. He said the weapons would be used only in a worst-case scenario. (Cronkite News Photo by Emilie Eaton)

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