News staff writer
The Shelby County Sheriff's Department has bought 100 semiautomatic rifles and is issuing them to its personnel.
The AR-15 rifles will be provided to all patrol deputies as well as investigators and administrators who go out on emergency calls, Sheriff Chris Curry said.
The purchase coincides with the Alabama State Troopers' and Birmingham Police Department's acquisition of the same type of weapons.
The rifles will be equipped with a hologram-type sighting mechanism to provide better accuracy.
The sight, which the officer can use without having to squint an eye, provides a lighted image of the target that can be seen in the dark.