Top cop issued with gun after credible threats - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Am I being unreasonable or does everyone else believe that this is unacceptable? Why should he have a right to carry a firearm off duty just because he is a police officer? At my sister's uni there is a road referred to as 'rape road'. You just don't go there. If she applied for a permit to carry a firearm for self defence the police comissioner would probably laugh at her. It just seems to imply that his life is worth more than everyone elses. Please note: I am not having a go at the police of NSW. The brave men and women who serve on the frontline do a fantastic job and deserve our respect. It is just the bueracracy I have a problem with.