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New limits on military gear for local police departments

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CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) -- There are new limits on the federal transfer of some combat-style gear to local law enforcement.

President Barack Obama announced the new rules today in an attempt to improve relations between police and minority communities.

Items that will no longer be transferred include grenade launchers, bayonets, tracked armored vehicles, weaponized aircraft and vehicles, firearms and ammunition of .50-caliber or higher.

There were strong objections to the use of the armored vehicles during protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

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