PoliceOne.com Releases Survey of 15,000 Law Enforcement Professionals about U.S. Gun Control Policies

Mon Apr 8, 2013 12:56pm EDT

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March 2013 survey of police officers covered proposed legislation and attitudes
about arming citizens
SAN FRANCISCO--(Business Wire)--
PoliceOne.com, the leading online resource for law enforcement, today released
findings from a national survey of police professionals that provide insight
into the opinions of American law enforcement regarding gun control policies and
the root causes of and potential solutions to gun crime in the United States. 

The survey, which was conducted in early March 2013, received 15,000 responses
from law enforcement professionals. It found that the overall attitude of law
enforcement is strongly anti-gun legislation and pro-gun rights, with the belief
that an armed citizenry is effective in stopping crime. Response percentages
varied only slightly when analyzed by rank and department size. Among the

* 86 percent feel the currently proposed legislation would have no effect or a
negative effect on improving officer safety 
* Similarly, 92 percent feel that banning semi-automatic firearms, or "assault
weapons," would have no effect or a negative effect on reducing violent crime 
* Demonstrating the opinion that the best way to combat gun crime is through
harsher punishment, 91 percent said the use of a firearm while perpetrating a
crime should lead to a stiff, mandatory sentence with no plea bargains.
Likewise, 59 percent believe increasing punishment severity for unlicensed
dealers would reduce crime 
* 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 
* 91 percent support the concealed carry of firearms by civilians who have not
been convicted of a felony and/or have not been deemed psychologically incapable

* Likewise, 80 percent feel that legally-armed citizens would likely have
reduced the number of casualties in recent mass shooting incidents 
* 38 percent believe the biggest cause of gun violence in the United States is
the "decline in parenting and family values". This was trailed by "overly lax
parole and short sentencing standards" at 15 percent and "pop culture influence"
(e.g., violent movies and video games) at 14 percent

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. 

Respondents comprised a variety of ranks from departments of all sizes, with the
majority representing departments of greater than 500 officers. Of those who
took the survey, 80 percent were current law enforcement officers and 20 percent
were former/retired law enforcement. 

"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." 

The full survey results can be viewed at www.policeone.com/police-gun-survey. 

About the Survey

PoliceOne`s Gun Policy & Law Enforcement survey was conducted online on
PoliceOne.com between March 4 and March 13, 2013. The survey was composed and
compiled by PoliceOne staff along with staff from the Praetorian Group,
PoliceOne`s parent company. It received more than 15,000 responses from adults
who reside in the U.S. and who are either current or former/retired Law
Enforcement, as verified by a qualifying question at the beginning of the
survey. The survey sample size was broadly distributed by geography and rank in
proportion to the U.S. law enforcement community at large. Additionally, survey
promotion was limited to PoliceOne`s audience of verified law enforcement
professionals, and conducted via exposure both on PoliceOne.com as well as
through email newsletters and a full-membership email promotion. A longer
description of the survey methodology can be found at

About PoliceOne

With more than 400,000 registered members and nearly 2 million unique visitors
per month, PoliceOne.com is the leading law enforcement website in the country.
PoliceOne provides law enforcement-specific resources designed to help officers
stay safe on the streets and more effectively protect their communities.
PoliceOne is the only site to confirm the law enforcement status of all members,
creating a trusted and safe community for the exchange and discussion of key law
enforcement issues, including breaking news, top products and important officer
safety strategies. 

For more information on PoliceOne, visit www.policeone.com/about/. 

About The Praetorian Group

The Praetorian Group is the leading online media company in the public safety
and security market. Our properties are visited by more than 3 million public
safety professionals every month and count over 1 million first responders as
members. Praetorian owns and operates www.PoliceOne.com, www.FireRescue1.com,
www.EMS1.com, www.CorrectionsOne.com and www.Military1.com, as well as more than
15 topical public safety websites providing resources ranging from online video
to grant assistance. We are deeply committed to providing resources and cutting
edge information that help first responders and military personnel stay safer,
become better informed and more effectively protect our communities. 

For more information on the Praetorian Group, visit www.PraetorianGroup.com.

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