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Missouri Department of Conservation supplying all agents with AR-15s

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LEWIS COUNTY, Mo. (WGEM) - With the dangers of meth and other drugs so prominent in rural areas, Missouri Conservation agents are turning to more powerful weapons.
   
The weapon of choice is an AR-15, a semi-automatic rifle. It's all part of the Missouri Conservation Commission's mission to keep people and agents safe.

"You want to have all the safety and protection that you possibly can just for your own piece of mind," Kenton Schnelle said.

Schnelle likes the idea of conservation agents carrying weapons. The Missouri Department of Conservation agrees.
   
Thanks to room in the state budget, all conservation agents will now carry AR-15s.
   
"We deal with a lot of the same things that your local and state law enforcement deal with as far as meth labs and narcotics activity," Lewis County Conservation Agent Jason Vaughn said.

Vaughn says the more accurate weapons are a step up from the sidearms and shotguns agents previously used.

"It's a semi-automatic rifle, where the shotgun is a shotgun," Vaughn said. "It's not going to have the same amount of range, and your AR-15 is going to have one projectile where your shotgun is going to have multiple."

Vaughn says every northeast Missouri Conservation agent will have a state supplied AR-15 in hand within the next month.
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