86% Of Police Pros Say Proposed Gun Laws Won't Improve Or Could Hurt Officer Safety

April 8, 2013 - 3:39 PM

PoliceOne.com, the leading online resource for law enforcement, released the results of national survey that found 86% of police professionals believe the proposed gun-control legislation would have no effect or a negative effect on improving officer safety.

The survey was conducted in March and received 15,000 responses from law enforcement professionals.

The overall attitude of law enforcement, according to the results, is strongly anti-gun legislation and pro-gun rights.

Among the findings:

  • 86 percent feel the currently proposed legislation would have no effect or a negative effect on improving officer safety
  • Similarly, 92 percent feel that banning semi-automatic firearms, or "assault weapons," would have no effect or a negative effect on reducing violent crime
  • 71 percent support law enforcement leaders who have publicly refused to enforce more restrictive gun laws within their jurisdictions
  • 82 percent believe gun buyback or turn-in programs are ineffective in reducing the level of gun violence
  • 91 percent support the concealed carry of firearms by civilians who have not been convicted of a felony and/or have not been deemed psychologically incapable
  • Likewise, 80 percent feel that legally-armed citizens would likely have reduced the number of casualties in recent mass shooting incidents
  • 38 percent believe the biggest cause of gun violence in the United States is the "decline in parenting and family values."

The findings of a recent poll by CBS shows support for stricter gun control across the country is waning, with just 47 percent of the population seeking stricter laws.  This is down from 57 percent found after the Newtown shooting.

Congress, fresh off a two week break, will begin the gun debate again this week with the focus on universal background checks for all gun purchases.

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