In a video released on Facebook, Maricopa, Ariz., Country Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced that his department will use the proceeds from the sale of seized weapons to fund the purchase of ammunition for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Armed Posse.
On April 29, the Facebook page for the Posse announced that $140,000 would go to purchase 500 cases of 9 mm, .45 and .223 caliber ammo, and that $102,656 would be used to purchase portable radios for the Posse.
Expressing concern for the safety of his county’s 4 million residents and his officers in the face of recent terror attacks and mass shootings, Arpaio called on “veterans and ex-cops” to join him to increase that number to 1,000. He also reiterated his call to the state’s 250,000 concealed weapons permit holders to take action in such cases: “We’re not going to surrender.”
By Tuesday morning, Arpaio’s video had more than 6,000 shares.