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Police support for guns on hips is at its highest level in a decade.
A survey of around six-thousand Police Association members has revealed 73 per cent want to be armed.
Chief Executive Chris Cahill told Heather du Plessis-Allan it's because of the risk police see every day.
“It’s as simple as that. It just continues to grow, and officers are saying they don’t feel safe without firearms.”
Last week, Police Commissioner Andrew Coster ruled out a move toward general arming of police officers.
Just this morning, south Auckland police responded to an alleged armed car-jacking and located two guns.