Should LEOS Carry Second Gun on Duty?

Should LEOS Carry Second Gun on Duty?

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    Should LEOS Carry Second Gun on Duty?

    I think so. A lot of depts will not permit it. Saw a story of a LEO who, after a chase with a BG, the BG got the officer's gun but did not know how to use it and pulled the trigger several times to no avail. LEO still on the ground pulls out his second weapon and shoots BG before he figures out how the service weapon works. Great result. Good thing LEO was allowed to carry a second gun.
    Some depts prohibit it, some allow it, some make it mandatory.
    What do the LEOS here think, and others?
    I know that the reason for being against it sometimes is that it would be a good "throw down" weapon, but that seems secondary to officer safety, to me. But that is just me.
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    My Dept. allows it and I do.
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    I would want to. As a civvie, I don't even though I can in my state.
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    Correction: I don't think any dept makes it mandatory, on duty.
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    Oh yeah they should. Many of the criminals do, so should the LEOs.
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    LEO or not, it's a good idea.
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    I'd want to if i was a cop, along with a good knife.
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    There you go, Devil Dog! (as Sojourner would say, and does say)
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    With the way the war currently is I'd carry a sidearm with my 16 if they let me too, but right now I just have to stick with the rifle and a good knife.

    I wonder what the reasoning behind not allowing a second weapon is? Probably some sort of liabity insurance thing.
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    Depts are afraid of a throw down weapon
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcb188 View Post
    Depts are afraid of a throw down weapon
    One more reason it should be issued to them.
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    Well, I have heard for sure that a lot of depts are afraid of that and that is why it is prohibited, but I don't know that that is the only reason.
    Does anyone know of another reason why depts would prohibit the carrying of a second weapon by police officers?
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    A second gun? Hell if I was LEO I would carry a min of three maybe four.
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