Bay Area California Highway Patrol
to get upgraded firearms
By Elizabeth Daley, Bay City News Service
October 10, 2006
In addition to hiring 510 new officers statewide, California
Highway Patrol officers will receive new guns, CHP officer Mike
The Smith&Wesson 4006 Tactical weapon will be in the hands
of about 1,000 Bay Area CHP officers by the end of this month,
according to Wright, who says the new gun is not much different
than the old model officers will be turning in. "they are
just old," said Wright, of his current weapon.
Wright, who will receive his new weapon on Wednesday, says he's
excited about it.
Officer Scott Yox, who was supposed to receive and test shoot
his new weapon Monday, said the California Highway Patrol has
not had weapons replaced for fifteen years. While the CHP reports
the Smith&Wesson pistols were expected to last 30 years, more
frequent usage in trainings have caused the guns to retire 15
The new guns come as part of a statewide weapons replacement
program for highway patrol officers, costing $6,649,688 according
to the California Highway Patrol.
While another weapons supplier, SigArms, offered to supply the
CHP with weapons for $5,831,864, including a $2,693,582 returned
weapons credit, the CHP was precluded from accepting the contract
based upon an Executive Order issued by Governor Gray Davis, prohibiting
the return of weapons to anyone other than the manufacturer.
The California Highway Patrol says SigArms weapons would have
been slightly different, requiring additional training for officers.
The CHP also says the Smith&Wesson weapons include six magazines,
increasing the value of the bid.
The CHP chose to purchase 9,736 guns and magazines from Smith&Wesson
who has, according to Wright, been supplying weapons to the CHP
"since the time of revolvers."
Yox said officers will have the opportunity to purchase their
old weapons before they are sent to a licensed re-seller in Pomona,
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