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When can a Police in Spain use the firearm?

Updated: Jun 13, 2023



In Spain, a police officer can use their firearm when in a situation of legitimate self-defense, where there is a serious and imminent threat to their life or the lives of others.


Additionally, they can use their firearm when it is strictly necessary to prevent the commission of a serious crime that poses a risk to the life or physical integrity of individuals, and it is not possible to apprehend the perpetrator by any other means.


It is important to note that the use of a firearm by a police officer must be proportionate and always aimed at protecting life and physical integrity, avoiding unnecessary harm as much as possible. Furthermore, the use of firearms must follow the protocols and guidelines established by the law enforcement agencies regarding their use.


It should be mentioned that the use of firearms by the police is strictly regulated by Spanish legislation, and any actions that exceed the established limits may be subject to investigation and evaluation by the competent authorities.

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