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STOCKTON - The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office was forced to request mutual aid from surrounding police agencies Thursday when deputies were ordered to return brand-new handguns that were defective.

Sheriff's spokesperson Deputy Les Garcia said the guns were recently purchased for a special attachment that allowed a light to be added to firearm. But at the department's gun range recently, the firing mechanism was determined to be faulty.

The guns are .40 caliber Sig Sauers. They cost $680 each.

Deputies began turning in the new guns early Thursday in exchange for their older weapons. In the meantime, other law enforcement agencies such as the Stockton Police Department were asked to be of assistance.

Garcia said the manufacturer of the gun would be in San Joaquin County Friday to begin making repairs.

San Joaquin County deputies turned over hundreds of defective guns on Thursday, May 8, 2014. News10

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