University to arm police department with semiautomatic rifles

Northeastern University
University to arm police department with semiautomatic rifles

BOSTON, Ma. (NECN/NBC) – A university’s announcement that it plans to arm its officers with semi-automatic guns is sparking debate.

Northeastern University, in Boston, announced the controversial plan to arm campus officers with semi-automatic rifles. The move to provide more firepower comes amid heightening worries about mass shootings nationwide.

The rifles will be deployed in campus police vehicles during high-level threats such as shooters on campus. But the Boston Police Department and the city’s mayor don’t think campus police should be armed with tactical rifles.

“I just have some concerns about having, not just these but any university police having potential long rifles on their campus,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh expressed this week.

Students had mixed opinions on the plan. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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