The Norwegian government recently released new data about how the country’s police use guns. The report found that in 2014 Norwegian police threatened to use their weapons 42 times but only two shots were actually fired during the entire year. Nobody was killed or wounded in either incident. Prior to the terrorist attack of 2011, Norwegian police did not even carry weapons. The majority of Norway’s police, like forces in Britain, Ireland and Iceland, patrol unarmed and carry guns only under special circumstances. Margaret Hayford O’Leary, author of 'The Culture and Customs of Norway' and head of the Norwegian Department at St. Olaf College, joins us to discuss the Norwegian police force.
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