Police Survey on Handguns

David Codrea has: Police Magazine Poll on Gun Ownership

The results or article do not appear to be available online, so he’s taken the liberty of scanning in a section of it for us to ponder. Among some of the interesting items:

Q: Would tighter restrictions increase or enhance public safety in your jurisdiction?
— 11.8% Yes
— 88.2% No

Of those answering ‘Yes’, more thought the main benefit would be prevention of gun-related accidents than thought it would keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

Also, 95% of respondents said that they owned more firearms than their duty sidearm, and 94% of them said they owned more than one additional firearm. Almost 65% said they owned four or more additional firearms.

Over one third of respondents answered “Yes” to the question If a new gun ban were passed, and if so ordered, would you assist in the confiscation of firearms from owners who had previously met all legal requirements?

Codrea writes:

Just so we’re clear–even though most admit “gun control” won’t make them safer or stop violent crime, and even though most admit to owning multiple guns themselves, almost two-thirds of “The Only Ones” surveyed think your right should be licensed by the state, and over a third said they would assist in confiscating them if ordered.

“The Only Ones” is what Codrea calls the police and other officials who call for the control of other peoples’ guns but not their own.

He concludes:

The next time someone says that only politically opportunistic police chiefs and administrators support “gun control” while the “rank and file” support the Second Amendment, you might want to point them to these results.


  1. The cops I know and have talked to about this issue belong to the 2/3rds who would not confiscate ours guns.

  2. I’m not saying this is scientific, but personal experience with a Texas CHL is that local police react differently than state police to being armed. I’ve had questions from local police like ‘Why do you carry a gun?’ and I have had my vehicle searched twice during traffic stops. State troopers, upon seeing the license, have just handed it back to me with no additional questions. I’m not sure what that means but I thought I would share.

  3. Intersting – most of the cops I know are State Police or county Sheriff’s Department. My town doesn’t have a local police department.

  4. We have a mix of all 3 here. The town I live in has a Pop. of about 1250, and we have a city police department. I’ve never had any issue with them, just mostly big city and suburban police. Our city has mutual aid contracts with neighboring small towns and relies on the county sheriff for backup, major crimes (usually meth lab busts), and jail services. All that said I don’t really depend on the local police for the safety of me and my family. The only time anyone in my family has had to call on them was for the town drunk yelling and jumping in front of passing cars. The response was: ‘Jennifer is at the county jail and she’s not answering her cell phone’. Okey dokey!

  5. As a former police officer in a rural community, I came to several realizations. 1. The law is that the police cannot be sued for failing to to do their job. The first line of defense against crime is you. Actually,a good question to ask gun grabbers is will they allow the police to be sued for failing to do their job? 2. I could usually depend on my local townspeople to step in and back me up as the situation required. 3. I used my weapons more for dispatching animals struck by cars than anything else. In seven years, I pointed my pistol at another human being once. 4. Gun-grabbing is about political power. It has nothing to do with reducing crime.