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Legislation would limit military equipment going to police

Police militarization will be a major topic as Congress returns from its summer break next week, when Johnson plans to introduce a high-profile bill to ban local law enforcement from picking up mine-resistant vehicles and heavy weapons from the Pentagon's "1033" program.

Congress first authorized the Department of Defense to transfer excess items to local law enforcement in the early 1990s. In all, 600 Georgia law enforcement agencies have brought home $200 million worth of equipment. The items range from helicopters to first-aid kits.

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