1. Civilians (regardless of race) are only permitted to carry handguns. A carry permit does not require any actual paperwork, just a visit to the ACSD station and an IC discussion with any deputy in which they identify themselves and register the weapon.
2. Home-owners and owners of businesses are permitted to keep civilian grade rifles/shotguns in their place of business/residence. The permitting process for shotguns is the same as for concealed-carry pistols; they need to identify themselves, their address and the weapon they're registering.
3. In addition to pistols, on-duty deputies displaying the ACSD badge and title can carry carbine-style rifles or shotguns, as well as body armor that is consistent with their police (not military) role. Machine guns, rocket launchers or other World War III nonsense is not permitted. Specialty gear like helmets, gas masks, riot equipment and the like are acceptable in special circumstances but not appropriate for regular patrol. We are policing the island, not occupying it.
4. The ACSD has access to a limited supply of "specialized" weaponry such as silver bullets, aerosolized silver, etc. Buying it is expensive, keeping it in the armory makes it prone to theft, and making it is a pain in the ass. ACSD policy restricts its use to only the most dire circumstances. Unless special preparations have been made well in advance, ACSD deputies will likely carry no more than 1-3 rounds of "special ammunition" at any time, if any at all. Special restraining gear (silver cuffs, nets, cell, Holy Water supersoakers) does not currently exist but may be developed through RP.
5. Weaponry of any sort is not a substitute for RP. ACSD personnel are expected to conduct themselves diplomatically and professionally, in keeping with their status as a small, nominally-human law enforcement agency on a remote island surrounded by paranormals. Depending on the circumstances, triggerhappy or overly-aggressive behavior by deputies can be handled in a progressive manner, first IC (such as a referral by a supervisor to the ACSD staff psychiatrist or a written reprimand) and if necessary, OOC (such as a warning, suspension or ejection from the ACSD.)