PoliceOne’s Gun-Control Survey: Officers Say Checks and Bans Won’t Work

By Woody published on in News

In a March 2013 poll conducted by PoliceOne.com, a majority of law-enforcement personnel said universal background checks, “assault weapons” bans, and “high capacity” magazine bans do not make police safer and will not lower violent crime. Armed citizens, on the other hand, do make a positive difference.

Doug Wyllie, editor in chief of PoliceOne, wrote on April 8 that PoliceOne.com had released the findings from last month’s Gun Policy & Law Enforcement survey, which drew more than 15,000 completed responses from verified law-enforcement professionals.

According to the survey results, contrary to what the mainstream media and certain politicians say, police overwhelmingly favor an ar

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med citizenry, would like to see more guns in the hands of responsible people, and are skeptical of any greater restrictions placed on gun purchase, ownership, or accessibility.

Highlights:

— 71% of respondents said an “assault weapons” ban would have zero impact on violent crime.
— 95.7% said a “high capacity” magazine ban would not have an impact on violent crime.
— 79.7% said universal background checks would not have an impact on violent crime.
— 90% of these law enforcement professionals said “mandatory sentences with no plea bargains” for those who use a gun in perpetrating a crime would reduce violent crime.
— 91.3% of respondents supported concealed carry laws for citizens without a felony in their past, “without question and without further restrictions.”
— 80% of surveyed law enforcement professionals also agreed that casualties at Sandy Hook Elementary would “have likely been reduced” if “legally-armed citizens” had been in the school.

“This survey captures the perspective of an audience that has an intimate professional connection to gun policies in our country, yet is rarely heard from as a group in discussions on the issue,” said Alex Ford, CEO of the Praetorian Group, PoliceOne’s parent company. “Our standing as the leading online community in the law enforcement market enabled us to gather what we feel is the most meaningful sampling of police attitudes about gun control ever compiled. There is clearly a wide range of opinions regarding this issue nationwide and we believe it’s important for our audience’s voice to be heard.”

Totaling just shy of 30 questions, the survey allowed officers across the United States to share their perspectives on issues spanning from gun control and gun violence to gun rights.

Other findings:
— 92 percent feel that banning semi-automatic firearms, or “assault weapons,” would have no effect or a negative effect on reducing violent crime.
— 91 percent said the use of a firearm while perpetrating a crime should lead to a stiff, mandatory sentence with no plea bargains.
— Respondents were more split on background checks, with 31 percent agreeing that mental health background checks in all gun sales would help reduce mass shootings, while 45 percent disagreed.
— 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.

The survey was promoted by PoliceOne exclusively to its 400,000 registered members, comprised of individually-verified law enforcement professionals. Only current, former or retired law enforcement personnel were eligible to participate in the survey.

Are you LE or know someone who is? Do the survey results square with what your contacts in the field say about current efforts to ban semi-auto rifles, magazines, and other shooting items? Let us hear your thoughts yea or nay in the comments field below.

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Comments (22)

  • Jim

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    Benjamin, good points and thoughtful insight. Glad your a fellow Texan. :-).

    On Adam who you mention stole his Mother’s unprotected guns, remember the Columbine shooters actually broke into their Grandfather’s Residence, then his Safe, then they cut the locks off the guns! If someone really wants to commit that sort of villianry, my humble opinion is the best defense is to allow the public to defend themselves too! But you are right, we owe it to anyone and everyone to be responsible with our guns!

    I think Ron Quick is woefully shortsighted or just trying to be provocative in this forum or both. We need LOE and appreciate their service. We hope they will first keep their oaths to the Costitution and refuse unlawful orders, if they ever come, to unlawfully disarm lawabing gun owners.

    People should realize that while not always the sharpst pencils in the cup, Politicians employ analysts who advise them on just these sort of matters of quandry for Patrolmen’s conciences and that is why they then trump up public pressure on them with misleading media blitzs to fire up the Sheeple, and tat are owned and payed for by the leftist elitists like Soros, Bloomberg, etc who paid for their Elections, and who themselves can hire the best armed protective details money or tax payers can buy them. They also try to ease LOE consciences for violating Constitutional Rights by threat or intimidation of job and pension loss, but also by giving them seemingly endless new lawful ways thru huge role outs of new gun control laws whether visceral or peripheral to unlawfully disarm a peaceful law abiding citizens while hoping to help the average LOE in finding inner justifications in the consciences thru said New laws or labels on individuals to assuage this dilemma they see as possible hinderances to their political agendas be fulfilled with possibly incompliant LOE holdouts. Politicians need LOE as badly as we do! The real war is for their hearts and minds first!

    I for one am glad to see these survey results and it confirms that most LOE at heart are pragmatic on this and are true Oath Takers at hearts to the Constitution! :-)

    Thanks for serving us faithfully to all who do!

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  • George

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    The real problem is that there is no responsibly (of some) for being gun owners. Small kids get the guns of the home and kill someone in the home. OR Someone in the home is mentally ill and guns are left out in the open. OR guns are not lock up(when you do not have direct control of the gun) and the home get broken into and the guns are stolen. AND there are people that just should not have a gun.

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    • Danial J. Kleczka

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      That is parental control or lack there of! Know where your children are and know where your weapons are! 1992 HDMD

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  • Bill from Boomhower, Texas

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    Well, this should certainly weed out a lot of guys from posting their thoughts, way to go, CTD.

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  • Bill from Boomhower, Texas

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    Yeah guys, all good points. The “Background Checks” thing is only for us anyway. It’s been happening all along, we know it, the anti-gunners with their heads in the sand don’t. They heard something about 40%, and gun show loophole, and believe that’s the story…….that’s the problem. Well, I don’t know about 40%, but private transactions have never required, and can not enforce background checks. I’m pretty sure that given the fact that inflated gun prices, unavailability of stock, few gun stores on any corner, and few gun shows on a Tuesday evening, have considerable bearing on spontainious gun sales between individuals, where high prices, taxes, and the possibility of barter or partial trades may come into play. maybe it IS 40% when you consider all this. And that 40% says nothing about stolen guns, now does it? We all know the criminals couldn’t care less about any of this. The anti gunners don’t even consider this.
    It certainly is a social poblem, not a tool problem. Guns are tools, we all understand that…….that people kill people, guns just lay there. Gun Control certainly is a responsibility, the better you can control it, the safer, and more accurate you’ll be. People Control……….. Now, that’s what everyone seems to be arguing on.

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  • benjamin

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    1. Ron Quick: think about what you say before spouting your nonsense. Your are probably the first to call 911 and then complain that it took too long for the officers to respond.
    2. John Foote: I don’t understand exactly what are you suggesting. Are you suggesting an overthrow of the gov’t, or do you think educating people will solve our problems? Most people don’t care about being educated, learning from mistakes of the past(like Hitler), or getting involved in cleaning the lying trash out of the gov’t. As long as we have politicians who know nothing about guns or gun safety, nothing will change. How many of these “experts” know the difference in an automatic and semi automatic, or even a magazine and a clip(or a magazineloadingclip?). Who decided that a mag that holds 7-10 rounds is high capacity. I can do a tactical reload on a 1911 in a matter of seconds, and it’s much easier to conceal several handguns than an AR. I think all elected officials should go through a gun class, so they would at least know what they are talking about, before showing their ignorance.
    Luckily I live in TX, and I think there would be a war if the Fed.’s try to take our guns. Hopefully, some new industry will move our way, as they are forced from the anti-gun states. We would welcome Mag-Pul, and the other companies that will be leaving to move to friendlier states.
    Finally, I know this is off subject( but after seeing the results a couple of days ago, the picture remains in my mind)) how many people are killed or injured in tour bus crashes, mainly because the buses don’t comply with their maintenance schedule or the driver is bombed out of his/her mind. Seems like there are many of these tragedies. There was one in my hometown 2 days ago. Why don’t we clamp down these violations, before waiting for someone to die? I would like to see the ratio of people injured/killed in these buses, to the ratio of people killed with the terrible “Assault Rifle”
    BenjiMac: I totally agree with you, but, if the mother had her guns, or even ammo, secured, as most responsible owners do, this tragedy most likely would not have happened. If we can’t be responsible, we shouldn’t own firearms, cars etc.
    All of this is just my opinion, and not worth much, but I am happy to live in a county where I am free to express it. Will this be the next freedom they try to suppress?

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  • seamus

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    I find it funny that you never hear about the fact that almost all mass murders were on psyhcotropic drugs and had been for some time. How about the fact that 4 million kids in this country are on the same drugs for ADD the side effects are suicide, violent behavior stunted growth and stunted brain growth. Quite a few of these kids go on to be drug or alcohol abusers. Why are we not talking about bullying and a mariad of other social issues.
    I think the reason is we know there will always be bad people in this world and no one wants to talk about locking them up or controling them that would be too hard. So all we hear about is screwing everyones rights up because there is no will to solve our real issues. Following the current path will insure that there will be more mass shootings in our future, I hope none of you will be involved.
    I agree with the comments about flushing out Washington it is time for these folks to go.

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  • T Collins

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    I think Ron Quick needs to wake up and smell the coffee. Without the police to protect all law abiding people it would be a jungle out there on the streets. People talk about how crimminals are attracted to houses that advertise there are no guns there. Even houses with guns would be in gun fights if there no police for the bad people to have to answer to. You can’t blame our police for the crimes Obama is inficting on the American people. The police don’t make the laws, all they do is enforce them, someone has too. With your attitude, Ron Quick, it sounds like we might have to be in fear of you, if it wern’t for the police.

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  • vic

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    The real reason for so called “gun control” is in fact people control…The dual citizens politicians who support the “gun control”idea do not care about of citizen safety the only care about their own agenda…Just check and find out for yourself who are them and who interests they serve…

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    • Danial Kleczka

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      Police Officer have a difficult job, but will not be happy until everyone is unarmed. Yet they do not realize how many times a normal citizen saves their life! 1992 HDMD

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