ASU police plan to return surplus M-16 rifles

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State University officials say the school plans to return the M-16 assault rifles it acquired under a government surplus weapons program.

An ASU spokeswoman says the department is in the process of returning the weapons and replacing with "standard but newer rifles," which could be used in situations such as confronting a shooter.

The Arizona Republic reported Monday that ASU has yet to decide which rifles to replace them with yet.

The surplus M-16 weapons were distributed to local agencies as part of the Department of Defense Excess Property Program.

The M-16s once had the capability of firing more than one round but had been converted to fire once each time the trigger is pulled.

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