Good move

The Police are moving guns from the station to their cars:

A project to make firearms more readily available to frontline police is a step towards “general arming”, the Police Association says.

The project will see existing stocks of Glock pistols and Bushmaster rifles moved from storage in police stations to response vehicles.

Police Association representative Craig Prior, of Christchurch, said the project was a “step forward”.

“It’s a natural progression to what we would prefer – general arming at some stage in the future,” he said.

Prior said the move would make policing safer.

“It gives a tactical option which most officers don’t have access to. They’re entitled to use firearms and trained and qualified to do so, but now they will have access to them should the need arise, which is a good thing,” he said.

Farrar of course has gone all limp-wristed over this. I’d much rather have the guns on the cop’s hips in holsters than sitting in cars. The criminals are already armed, even a slight delay for the Police in protecting themselves is a delay that could get a cop killed.

The problem the Police will have now is providing suitable training for their officers. With pistols especially rounds down range is the key to accuracy.

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