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Title: Who Outarms Whom?
Journal: Law and Order  Volume:37  Issue:8  Dated:(August 1989)  Pages:101-104
Author(s): A G Sharp
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 4
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Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In a recent survey, some 91 percent of the responding police departments reported they already used semiautomatic and even automatic weapons, and 58 percent reported they plan to purchase more in the future; debate on this policy continues, however.
Abstract: Although the majority of departments polled have semiautomatic and/or automatic weapons, many restrict their use. Sixty-nine percent limit their use to specialists such as SWAT members, undercover officers, or detectives. Even when regular officers have access to semiautomatic or automatic weapons, strict guidelines monitor or limit their use. Those who qualify to carry such weapons typically must become certified in their use and operation. The use of such weapons stems from the fact that more criminals are using sophisticated weaponry that requires police to increase their firepower in the interest of officer and public safety. Some of the respondents favor a ban on automatic weapons and assault-type semiautomatic rifles for public purchase, but they do not view such a ban as an alternative to police use of such weapons, given criminals' ability to obtain these weapons even under a ban. The debate surrounds the issue of whether or not public safety is actually served, or perhaps jeopardized, by police use of these weapons.
Main Term(s): Automatic weapons
Index Term(s): Police weapons; Police weapons use
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