Poll: Law Enforcement Officers Overwhelmingly Support Gun Rights and Oppose New Gun Control

April 8 2013
by GSL Staff
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According to a survey released by PoliceOne.com of over 15,000 retired and active duty officers it is clear that the law enforcement community in the US strongly supports the gun rights of private citizens.

Based on the findings it does not look like most officers support any new gun legislation currently being proposed, saying that it would do little to promote officer safety or reduce crime rates.

This is in direct contrast to many anti gun politicians statements that a majority of police officers support their gun control initiatives in the interest of improving “officer safety”.

Here are the key findings from the survey:

  • 99 percent said policies other than an “assault weapons” ban are most important to prevent mass shootings.
  • Almost 96 percent said that a ban on standard capacity magazines would not reduce violent crime.
  • More than 91 percent stated that the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime should have stiff, mandatory sentences, and no plea-bargains.
  • More than 91 percent stated they supported the Right-to-Carry by law abiding Americans.
  • More than 81 percent said that “gun buy-backs” do not reduce gun violence.
  • 80 percent believe legally armed citizens can reduce casualties in incidents of mass violence.
  • Nearly 80 percent said that a ban on private transfers of firearms between law-abiding citizens would not reduce violent crime.
  • More than 76 percent indicated that legally armed citizens are important to reducing crime.
  • More than 76 percent support the arming of trained and qualified teachers or administrators who volunteer to carry a firearm.
  • More than 70 percent said that a ban on “assault weapons” would not reduce violent crime.
  • More than 70 percent opposed the idea of a national registry of legal gun sales.
  • Nearly 68 percent said magazine capacity restrictions would negatively affect them personally.

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