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Most Icelanders Oppose Police Carrying Firearms

Approximately 70 percent of respondents in a survey conducted by MMR said they oppose police officers carrying firearms during general duties. The opposition is higher among older participants and more men than women oppose the idea.


Icelandic police officers. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

Overall, 36 percent of participants said they were strongly against the police carrying firearms, 34.5 percent said they were rather against it, 21.9 percent of respondents rather supported the idea and 7.6 percent strongly supported it, Fréttablaðið reports.

The survey was conducted November 21-23 following discussions on the police’s means to defend themselves while chasing armed criminals; 963 individuals aged between 18 and 67 responded to the survey.

Click here to read about a recent case of shooting in Reykjavík and the discussion that followed.


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