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Police reviewing gun policy following school shooting

The Omaha Police Department is reviewing its gun policy for off-duty officers after Robert Butler Jr. used his father's police weapon in the Jan. 5 shooting at Millard South High School. The department's current policy reads: "Officers will not store or leave a firearm in any place within the reach or easy access of a minor or unauthorized individual." The policy is approved by the Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation Standards. Gun safes or trigger locks are not required for Omaha police officers. Officers are required to purchase their own weapons, with up to $533 available per year for reimbursement from the department. Police Chief Alex Hayes reversed department policy one day after the shooting, making the purchase of gun safes eligible for reimbursement.

posted at 05:20 pm
on Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

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