15,000 police officers and sheriffs responded to a Police One survey. The results are impressive in how much the rank-and-file support armed citizens:

And when it comes to finding ways to reduce gun violence and large scale shootings, most cops say a federal ban on so-called “assault weapons” isn’t the answer.

More than 91 percent of respondents say it would either have no effect or a negative effect in reducing violent crime. This is an overwhelming response by those whose job it is to actually deal with this issue on the front lines.

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More than 91 percent of respondents support the concealed carry of firearms by civilians who have not been convicted of a felony and/or not been deemed psychologically/medically incapable.

A full 86 percent feel that casualties would have been reduced or avoided in recent tragedies like Newtown and Aurora if a legally-armed citizen was present (casualties reduced: 80 percent; avoided altogether: 60 percent).

You can view the entire survey results here.

Here’s an interesting takeaway; one question asks, “What is your opinion of some law enforcement leaders’ public statements that they would not enforce more restrictive gun laws in their jurisdiction?” Fully 71% responded that they found such statements ‘very favorable’ or ‘favorable.’

Much more at both links.