Off-Duty Police Sometimes Like to Carry Guns

According to an informal poll held on on Massachusetts Police Department message boards, 58.27% of the 127 police officers responding sometimes carry a weapon off-duty, 26.77% always carry a weapon and 14.96% never carry a weapon.

DODK911 carries a Beretta 92F on duty and a Tourus PT111 off-duty. CampusOfficer’s on-duty gun, until it was taken away, was a .40 caliber Glock 27. Off-duty he prefers a .40 Caliber H-K USP compact.

The reasons for carrying vary. Some report wanting to be prepared when they pick up their teenage daughter from the train station. Others read about an unarmed off-duty cop being shot during a convenience story robbery after being verbally called out by the store clerk. Sempergumby says he “Would rather carry and not need it. Its just that simple for me.”

Carry Weapon Off Duty?” [MassCops]


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  1. rikomatic says:

    Perhaps I am missing the consumerist connection. Can you offer to buy a gun from an off-duty cop? Is Amazon having a sale on Berettas?

  2. airship says:

    Some places REQUIRE off-duty cops to carry their duty gun. Seems excessive to me. How often have YOU found yourself in a situation where you said ‘Geez, if I were only carrying a gun, I would be much safer’? Maybe it’s different in the city. Maybe there you find yourself in dangerous situations every day.

  3. I have a friend who is a policeman in a rather bad neighborhood. He carries a small snubnose revolver offduty. I asked him why and he said that as a police officer, you sometimes make enemies and it’s better to be prepared. Still, he admits the last five shots would be over his shoulder running away…And yeah, what is the Consumerist connection here?

  4. CorporationsAreAwesome says:

    Is this a concern? If you trust a police officer to carry a gun when they are in uniform, do people consider it more dangerous when they are out of uniform?

    I think there is a lot of unnecessary and excessive concern about police having guns. Better to get rid of guns from the regular citizen and then maybe no one would need guns much. Sorry, I am sure I have deeply offended some people, it was the Canadian in me getting out.

  5. Elvisisdead says:

    Like they got rid of guns in DC? Yeah, that was hella effective. DC has the highest murder rate in the USA almost every year unless Detroit gets motivated.

    BTW, it’s Taurus.

    Here’s a piece of advice my dad passed on to me: “If you draw a gun, you better plan on using it, and if you plan on using it, you better intend to kill someone.” If you feel that you need to use it, then you better feel that you’re in enough danger that you have to kill someone before they kill you.

    Most people who carry guns (myself included) don’t ever want to use them and generally don’t want anyone else to know that they have them, because we don’t want the attention. However, I choose to maintain the ability to defend my life and the lives of my family if necessary.

  6. P33KAJ3W says:

    If you outlaw guns only criminals will have them.