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OSLO (Web Desk) – Police in Norway fired their guns only twice last year – and no one was hurt – new statistics which reveal the country’s low level of gun use have shown.

UK police have a similarly low rate of gun use to Norway. One person was fatally shot by British police in 2014, reported The Independent.

Norwegian officers drew their weapons just 42 times in 2014, the lowest number of times in the last 12 years. Only two people were killed in police shootings in the same period.

The majority of Norway’s police, like forces in Britain, Ireland and Iceland, patrol unarmed and carry guns only under special circumstances.

In the US where officers are armed at all times, 547 people have been killed by police during the first six months of 2015 alone, 503 of them by gunshot.