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Jan 23, 2013 11:27 AM by Associated Press

Fontana school campuses get high-powered rifles

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) - High-powered semiautomatic rifles are being stored at Fontana school campuses under a controversial safety program.

School district police purchased 14 of the Colt 6940 rifles last fall, well before the Connecticut school massacre.

The $1,000 rifles were received last month and are stored in locked safes on campuses.

Superintendent Cali Olsen-Binks says they're only to be used if there's an attack on a campus.

Fontana city Police Chief Rodney Jones tells KCBS-TV (http://cbsloc.al/10szRHE ) that the high-powered weapons are the best message to send to anybody thinking about harming children.

But critics say such guns have no place on campuses and the $14,000 should have been used to restore counseling programs that were eliminated in budget cuts.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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