Your opinions on this will differ depending on what country you live in. I'm in the US where guns are legal. Our law enforcement and police departments are generally always restricted to 9mm hand guns and shotguns ONLY (standard, there are cases in which they are allowed better weapons). Aside from SWAT teams and military automatic weapons are not used in law enforcement as far as I know. The argument is that criminals will have these types of guns, yet our police do not. In 1997, bank robbers armed with fully automatic assault weapons (AK47's). Police showed up of course but did not have any weapons to compete with them. The military had to show up. Here's a brief documentary on this robbery/battle. YouTube - 1997 North Hollywood Shootout pt.1 Here's the live footage: YouTube - Hollywood Shootout - Uncut video (last 9 minutes) Do you think police officers should have access to such automatic weaponry? Not to mention, should police body armor be upped to stop automatic bullets? I think if the potential is there for highly armed criminals, law enforcement should be allowed to have weapons to properly engage. They should also be allowed military grade body armor that will protect them from such weaponry.