Tennessee makes sniper rifle its state rifle

2016-02-25 05:09
A sniper takes aim during clashes with ISIS fighters on the outskirts of Ramadi. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye, AFP)

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Nashville - Tennessee lawmakers have designated a sniper rifle made in their state and used by militaries around the world as the official state rifle.

The .50-calibre Barrett sniper rifle takes its place alongside other state symbols like the tomato as Tennessee's official fruit and the square dance as the state folk dance. The manufacturer supplies firearms to law enforcement, private citizens and more than 70 militaries.

The state Senate voted 27-1 on Wednesday to pass the resolution after earlier House approval.

Democratic Senator Jeff Yarbro cast the lone "no" vote, arguing that the state shouldn't endorse a private company.

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