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June 13, 2017 5:20 am Published by

Devon and Cornwallpolicechief in armedciviliansrow, terror, Alison Hernandez

Devon and Cornwall police chief in armed civilians row, Terror | England - DevonA policechief has found herself at odds with her own force by saying she would look into whether gun owners could act as armedcivilians in the event of a terrorattack.

Alison Hernandez, Devon and Cornwall’s police and crime commissioner, was on a BBC RadioCornwall phone-in when a caller suggested the idea.

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The force said armedcivilianswould risk beingcaught in the crossfire.

Deputy Chief Constable Paul Netherton said it was “definitely an emphatic ‘no'” that the peopleshould be arming themselves against such a threat.

Ms Hernandez said she wouldreally be interested” in exploring the issue.,[catagory] ,firearms, terror, Alison Hernandez

The caller, named Sara, said she was an “ex-registered firearms dealer” and gun owner living in Bude.

She said: “If thereshould ever be a terrorist attackclose to the town centre… what happens if people like I and others try to defend themselves using those guns?”

Ms Hernandez replied: “This could be some of our solution…” beforebeing interrupted by presenter Lawrence Read, challenging her on whether she was advocating vigilantes.

‘Marauding gunman’

Ms Hernandez replied: “I’m just saying… let’s officially have a look at that and see what would be the implications of it.

“We work with businesses to keep our communities safe. I’d really be interested in exploring that with the chief constable.

“If your community was comingunderattack, peoplewould do all sorts of things to try to savetheir community without even thinking.

People will do incrediblethingswithoutthinking to protect themselves and the community around them.”

After the phone-in, she told the BBC: “I think everybody should be thinkingabout what part they can play in a terrorattack.”

However, DCC Netherton said: “A marauding gunman… is probably the most challenging situation the police service is facing and our response to that is by highly professional officers as well as firearms officers and specialforces and we would not want to public to be involved in that situation, especially with firearms.

“As was seen in London, we responded immediately and we don’t have time to find out if you’re an innocent member of the public or a terrorist.

“If you’re carrying a gun we will deal with you and deal with you immediately.”

He urged anyone caught up in a terrorist attack instead to “run, hide and inform us”.

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