LEAGUE CITY — League City’s council approved the purchase of 125 Glock pistols with night sights to be issued to the city’s 111 police officers.

Until now, the city’s police officers have been required to provide their own weapons. But with the purchase approved Tuesday night, all officers will have the same pistol, which should cut down on ammunition expenses, said League City police Chief Michael Kramm.

The vote calls for buying Generation IV Glock 17 pistols in 9mm.

If the police department had switched to standardized Glock pistols five years ago, the city could have saved $18,000 in ammunition costs.

“In the future, we are looking at being able to save money by buying less expensive ammunition,” Kramm said.

The purchase will cost the city about $51,000, according to the city council agenda information. But the purchase will not be an extra burden on the city budget, as most of the funds will come from money put aside for software that has not been purchased yet, Kramm said.

The city council also approved an advance, nearly $65,000 to purchase ammunition Tuesday night, citing the increased demand on ammunition as the reason to make the purchase.

Contact reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez at 409-683-5314 or chris.gonzalez@galvnews.com.

(15) comments

George Croix

An uplifting, positive news article.
LC is buying their Law Enforcement personnel the best available weaponry. Even with the anemic 9mm chambering. But, it's hard to argue with 18 rounds on tasp and 17 to 34 backup
Top drawer stuff for civilians, too.
Just another lesson for citizens who are not filled to the brim with 'progressive' BS.
If it's good enough to protect our Law Enforcement personnel and help them get home each night to their loved ones, it's good enough for you, the honest, law abiding citizen, to do the same.
If we can just keep the despicable users of dead children for political purposes from making a mockery of the Second Amendment, you will continue to enjoy the right to own the best any time you want to do so.
Now, if LC really wants to step up, buy those Officers some nice Rock River ARs, and some Benelli M2s.
Load 'em all up with premium ammo, and let the hand wringers do about it what they do best.
Nothing.

Gary Miller

Gecroix.
I have a hunch the puny 9mm was bought because a distributer had a bunch he was having trouble selling. Civilains aren't as willing to pay $1,500 or $2,000 for a pipsqueek gun. Slow sellers on sale?

George Croix

Note to self: There's no 's' in tap.
Duly noted.

Gary Miller

$51,000 for 125 Glocks? $408 each is cheap for that gun. Who gets the extra 14 guns? Can CC members buy them for this discount price?
Well armed police is good but the FBI reports more people are murdered by cops than CHL licence holders.

Lars Faltskog

Gecroix!!!!

Will you get a chance to take a break from the ammo talk and paint a few Easter eggs? As it is, I'm glad little suburgatory LC is giving their law enforcement the "very best". They need to protect all their innocent citizenry from the invasion of those lefty no-good, non-working pillagers.

Kevin Lang

I guess they don't have a "Buy American" policy.

George Croix

Glocks sold in this country ARE American made. In Smyrna, GA. For many years now.
In no small part because our law Enforcement saw the Good Light and decided that Glocks were just plain better, to the tune of about 65-70% of all LE contracts. Gaston back in Austria is no fool.
Rock River IS an American Company. A very good one.
Benelli is an Italian company, currently considering opening a U.S. facility to produce their bet-your-life-on-em high quality shotguns. But that still fits in with current policy because Chrysler is also now an Italian company. The difference is that the U.S. taxpayers did not have to bail out Benelli, then see it sold to a foreign country, their money never to be repaid.
I have it on good authority that China may soon own it all, courtesy of a more 'flexible' Administration.

Lars Faltskog

Law enforcement and our armed services MIGHT get a need for these, I can argue that, perhaps. The average citizen? No. Adam Lanza's mom? No.

Did y'all hear the latest released reports about Sandy Hook's killer's home? Among other things, Adam's mumsey wrote an Xmas (or birthday) had recently written a check to her precious son - so that he could buy even more guns. Mom was an average and law-abiding citizen - they say.

Kevin Lang

As far as we know still, there was nothing in his health history to indicate that he shouldn't be around guns. Maybe he had been mis-diagnosed, or maybe he had undiagnosed changes to his mental health. However, I've heard nothig to indicate that Nancy Lanza was doing anything contrary to his mental health. I don't think anything she did was illegal, immoral, or subversive. If anything, she had the same misunderstanding of his mental health as his doctors and the rest of us. I doubt she would have given him access to guns if she knew or felt that he was inclined to use them the way he did.

George Croix

Keeping it simple whenever possible is usually the best way to minimize headaches and avoid wasting time and money. A regular shave with Occam's razor does the trick.
The Glock is a simple weapon.
The AR15 is a simple weapon.
The Benelli shotgun is a simple weapon (OK. If you prefer pumps, the 870 wins that game).
The concept of an individual citizen's life being just as important and worthy of protecting as a Law Enforcement Officer's is a simple one.
Buying the best you can afford when safety is the issue is a simple decision.
Never, ever, buy a gun from a tennis shoe salesman. A simple way to minimize exposure to ignorance of subject.
Get up off the couch, put away the Wii, and go buy yourself a quality firearm. Learn it's manual of arms, go practice as often as possible (buy ammo instead of cigarettes - you'll live longer, in the short and long term), and in so doing gain the ability to do something other than P in your pants if, if, you are ever in need of the Police NOW and they are still minutes away. Tell the naysayers and life insurance salesmen 'protecting you' that they are Number 1. Show them, too.

Lars Faltskog

Response to .kevjlang posted at 5:25 pm on Fri, Mar 29, 2013:

Well, Kev...I'll agree to disagree on this one. Mommys know their children more than the "experts". What I often say in these posts is that the problem with societal violence is rooted in our inability to know when to stop our loved ones from doing dumb things.

If folks would stop stockpiling and fearing the bogeyman (like Mommy Lanza did)...her son likely would have been in a better place. Instead of her buying ammo and guns, they could have gone together to the museums, she could've culturally stimulated the guy. We're a nation of neurotic and fearful people. And, this article right here illustrates the example that a municipality is getting all this upgrade in guns. You'd think they were armed enough, being a progressive upandcoming community - surpassing Galveston in population. And, with plenty of disposible income within its citizenry.

Kevin Lang

Well, I doubt that the acquisition of the Glocks is to make the police weaponry more deadly. For one, I don't think LCPD shoots their guns all that often, and, for another, I don't think their current guns prevent them from fatally striking someone that needs it. I tend to think there are other reasons for getting new guns. I definitely don't recall any incidents in LC where the officer failed to get a crook out of circulation because he couldn't get enough shots off in a narrow enough time frame. I'm sure gecroix will fill us in on the features these new guns have over the old guns that makes this purchase an obvious choice.

George Croix

"Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette is being ridiculed by gun-rights advocates after the ardent supporter of a high-capacity magazine ban appeared to flub the facts on what a magazine actually is."
"Questioned on what's to be done with the millions of high-capacity magazines already in circulation, DeGette asserted that they'd be discarded once they're used."
"I will tell you these are ammunition -- bullets -- so the people who have those now they are going to shoot them, and so if you ban -- if you ban them in the future, the number of these high capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won't be any more available," she said."
There ya go, City of LC.
You need to buy LOTS of 'high capacity magazines' along with the new weapons so you'll have enough as you use them all up!!
Another 'progressive' idiot all atwitter over something they are utterly clueless about.
And clowns like this want to dictate to normal people what they do or do not 'need'.
A better bet for her would to be pushing for a ban on low capacity brains, starting on a personal level.

Kevin Lang

gecroix, I guess you got your laugh for the day. I wonder if she knows, too, that revolver cylinders are only good for one load, too :-)

My guess is that if LC buys 500 magazines, they'll be down to 125 quicker due to loss of the spare magazines than due to them being thrown out because they're all used up.

George Croix

Liars are not funny to me, and neither are subject ignorant people purporting expertise (actually, that would probably qualify as redundant for the latter). Nor are the truly stupid.
The 'gun control' forces are awash with them all, utterly displacing any legitimate concerns or debate, and utterly ignoring facts and enforcement of existing laws.
People like this lame-brained 'leader' can get attention from equally lame-brained examples of ignorance and stupidity, and in so doing just make matters worse. And, if they do it on one subject, then it's possible their incompetence and gullibility affects and infects others, too.
No, no laughing matter to me.
However, you may have a point about the little sets of legs that desireable objects sometimes grow. I'd like to think not, especially considering the circumstances, but a healthy dose of cynicism cultivated by many years in the garden of reality says to me you are probably more right than wrong about the possibility.

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