TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Baltimore County, Maryland, is set to spend $1.4 million to replace over 2,000 local law enforcement pistols that are at risk of misfiring or not firing.

The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that the County Council entered an emergency contract with Pennsylvania-based Atlantic Tactical last month for new Glock 17 Gen5 pistols. The contract still needs council review.

Police Cpl. Shawn Vinson says officers have lost confidence in the gun, which led to an immediate need for a new service weapon.

A county police officer was wounded in September when their FN America FNS-40 pistol misfired. In 2016, one officer’s gun fired while holstered and one officer was wounded when a gun fired while being removed from a holster.

The newspaper says FN America did not respond to a request for comment.

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Comments (4)
  1. Nathan Estey says:

    So 2 incidents among 2,000 officers. a 1:1,000 ratio. Wasn’t one of these the guy who shot himself in the foot while giving a lecture on firearms safety to a class of HS students?

    If I might offer a suggestion on saving my fellow Baltimore county taxpayers 1.4 Million dollars, it’s called e-mail:

    Dear officer,

    You are reminded that when your firearm is holstered a live round should never be in the chamber and the selector on the side of the gun should be pointed to the position marked “safe”.

    Want to make this stronger? Institute random firearms checks and if either condition is not met, the officer looses a days pay.

    Has anyone considered that part of the problem might be the holsters or police firearms training?

    Being somewhat familiar with our tax and spend county council, I would bet that the taxpayer will be on the hook for the 1.4 Million, that the 2,000 now surplus firearms will be sold with the proceedings going into the county coffer, that Glock contributed to the election campaign funds of county council members and that some of them own stock in Glock.

    But hay, we could just go with the Barnie Fife rule and problem solved.

  2. Michael Broughton says:

    I would rather buy my own SIG P226 than have a FREE (taxpayer paid) Glock 17 Gen5!

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