Fontana school campuses get high-powered rifles

Rifles purchased well before Conn. shooting

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 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.
 
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