Police in Norway Will Continue to Carry Weapons

Last month, Ministry of Justice has granted permission to arm the uniformed police for four weeks. The ground of the proposal was the threat assessment from PST which identifies soldiers and police as potential terrorist targets. The temporary permission was to expire on 19 December. 

Justice and Police ministry has today decided to extend the permission of armament. 

Last week, state broadcasting copmany NRK had published the result of a survey exploring whether Norwegian people want police should always carry guns.

55 percent of 1000 participants had expressed their opposition to the permenant armament proposal, while 38 percent of respondents supported a general allowance for carrying gun for uniformed police. 

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