(WJHL) – The Washington County, TN sheriff’s office plans on returning 16 military bayonets to the state by the end of next week.
The move comes just days after the Tennessee Department of General Services announced an order requiring law enforcement agencies to give back bayonets, track vehicles and grenade launchers by April 1st. President Obama previously banned the future use of those military surplus items, but agencies were temporarily grandfathered from having to return them.
According to WCSO Communications and Fleet Supervisor Allen Kyker, the agency is only required to give back 16 of its 51 bayonets.
WCSO will be allowed to keep its remaining 35 bayonets, because the agency has had them so long they are no longer tracked by the state, according to Kyker. However, Kyker says he is looking into returning those bayonets too.
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