Two out of three Scots police officers 'want to carry gun'
There is significant support for armed policing among rank-and-file officers, poll finds.
Two out of three Scottish police officers want to carry a gun, a new survey has revealed.
There is significant support for armed policing among rank-and-file officers, according to the poll by the Scottish Police Federation (SPF).
The union, which has voiced support for a wider roll-out of firearms, said officers feel "vulnerable and ill-equipped".
Vice-chairman David Hamilton said: "This survey shows the clear capability gap that police officers in Scotland currently have.
"It is the officers responding to day-to-day calls that are at the greatest risk from spontaneous violence."
Nearly 64% of 4200 officers surveyed by the SPF said they would like to routinely carry a handgun.
The poll shows significantly higher support for the policy in Scotland than in England and Wales, where about 34% say they want to be armed.
About 77% voiced support for the "Norwegian model", where officers are trained to shoot but do not carry guns. Nine out of ten officers said they wanted a Taser.
Armed officers have been deployed at a series of high-profile events in Scotland this year, including the TRNSMT music festival and Edinburgh's Christmas market.
Police Scotland has around 600 fully-trained firearms officers, although only about 400 are full-time.
Armed officers can now only be deployed to incidents where there is a serious threat to life.
The SPF's survey also showed widespread support for body cameras, with more than two out of three officers saying they supported their use.