Do Chinese street cops need more weapons?  On the same day earlier this month that it was reported urban riot police  in one southern city  were undergoing training  to use crossbow s, a new program began in south-central China's Chongqing Municipality  which, in addition to handguns and bulletproof vests, would see traffic police  there equipped with machine guns every night after nine for the purpose of carrying out drunk driving and traffic violation spot checks.
Sina blogger Zhou Pengan who made the two-city connection above points out  that current police firearm regulations make it illegal for machine guns to be used in routine traffic control work. The People's Police—quite different in nature from the People's Armed Police —Wikipedia entry  puts the usage limit for lethal weapons at [to] “be used if necessary to stop violent riots, to lessen the overall loss of life, or to subdue surrounded but still resisting criminals. The regulations even governed use of sirens, police lights, and whistles.”
Zhou opines :
The latter news received quite a bit of coverage , and no shortage of discussion. Sina , via Kaysky.cn, did a poll  [photos included] on support for gun-toting traffic police, the response choices for which read:
1) I don't support this. Driving and walking at gunpoint is just too terrifying.
2) I support this. It's in accordance with the law and at the same time establishes police authority and deters crime, adding to citizens’ sense of security.
Readers of one post  on this at the WHXF bbs left the following select comments:
Writes one reader of the report at the NewsSSC bbs :
And the top comments left at Netease's report :