Neosho Police Department receives large rifle donation
NEOSHO, Mo. — Back Rain Ordnance, a Neosho-based gun manufacturer, aims to make a difference for the local police department with a large weapons donation.
“Thank you for being a part of our city.”
Mayor Doubeck presents a proclamation of gratitude to Black Rain Ordnance, a small way to say thank you on behalf of the city and entire police force.
“This is the first time in the history of the department that every officer is actually gonna have their own long rifle,” said Neosho Police Chief David Kennedy.
In November, the Neosho Police Department reached out to Black Rain Ordnance to do gun repairs. When the company saw what the officers were working with, though, they decided they needed to help.
“I said, ‘What do you got?’ So they said, ‘We have some money, we have some trade-ins,’ and I said, ‘I’ll pick up the rest.’ I just always thought it was very important that we have our local support of our community and we support our community in turn'” explained Justin Harvel, President of Black Rain Ordnance.
The 27 nine millimeter patrol rifles, with an estimated value of about $1,000 each, are customized and versatile.
“The rifles that we purchased will also accept our nine millimeter magazines, so not only are they gonna have the large capacity magazines for those, if something happens, they can also revert back,” said Kennedy.
Founding members of Black Rain, with military and law enforcement backgrounds of their own, are glad to give back to NPD.
“It’s part of what we do is make sure they’ve got the appropriate tools to be able to protect and defend those that need it, and themselves, to make sure they’re safe in the line of duty, to make sure they can effectively get their job done, go home to their family,” said Clint Caperton, Law Enforcement Director of Black Rain Ordnance.
The large donation is sure to make a difference for these officers who will go out into the field with a new sense of confidence, knowing they carry a state-of-the-art weapon.
“There’s been times where, you know, long rifles have been needed and the officers just did not have that equipment, so this is again just gonna be another way to where they’re always gonna have it with them now,” said Kennedy.
Black Rain Ordnance is celebrating its 10 year anniversary.
The company is also supporting Neosho’s “Bring Back the Bloom” initiative by donating a custom rifle to be raffled off in September. You can buy tickets for $10 at Black Rain or the Neosho Chamber of Commerce.
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