Majority of Norwegians supports arming the police, new survey shows

Armed police - gunsPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB
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The majority of respondents in a TV 2 poll believe that the police in Norway should be allowed to carry weapons. More than half of the respondents have changed their views on the issue after the attacks in Kongsberg and Bislett.

57% answered that the police should be able to carry weapons in a poll Kantar TNS has carried out for TV 2.

41% said weapons should be available in cars, as is the case today, while 1% “do not know.”

56% answered that the attack in Bislett in Oslo this week and in Kongsberg earlier this autumn affected their opinion on arming the police – they now think arms should be more easily accessible than today.

Current system

Today, the police have firearms locked in a box in the police car.

In 2017, a committee was set up to look at the practice. The committee concluded that they did not recommend regular armament of the police.

Police Director Benedicte Bjørnland is hesitant and believes more information is needed.

“One of the strengths of the Norwegian police is that we are unarmed – that creates trust in the population,” Bjørnland told TV 2.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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