The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department has two powerful new tools for use in its mission to protect and serve after a donation from Palmetto State Armory.
The local business gave the department two PSA Freedom Series AR-15 rifles for use by the department’s drug interdiction and crime suppression teams.
“Local law enforcement is a passion of ours,” said Palmetto State Armory Chief Marketing Officer Adam Ruonala. “It’s about equipping these guys to do their jobs safer and more efficiently. If we can help do that, then donating is a no-brainer for us.”
The rifles, which weigh seven pounds each, are compact, semi-automatic weapons which that can be quickly removed from patrol vehicles and provide a high-degree of accuracy when fired at a distance or in close quarters, according to Ruonala.
“This is an ultra-competitive piece of equipment. It’s cutting edge.” said Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Chief of Operations Carl Young. “It’s a great partnership. Not only does it save us money, it makes our officers safer.”
“I think it’s great for the business community, especially the firearms community, to put forth an effort like this. People who like firearms are not necessarily equated with bad guys,” he said.
Ruonala said Palmetto State Armory staff customized the firearms to suit the needs of officers.
“We really put all the bells and whistles on it. If we’re going to do something, we’re going to do it 100%. The officers deserve that,” he said.
The rifles also can be used in shooting competitions. Ruonala officially presented Young, Sheriff Lewis McCarty and other department staff with the rifles Wednesday morning at the armory, then watched as the new owners tried out the firearms on the armory’s shooting range.
Ruonala said similar rifless are available for sale at Palmetto State Armory.
“Good guys own firearms too,” he said.