After Police Scotland confirmed that a new deployment model for armed officers will come into force on 7th May, Scottish Liberal Democrat Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:
"It is essential the police feel secure and properly supported by their armed colleagues
"With ongoing threats including terrorism, nobody is suggesting Police Scotland shouldn't be capable of responding quickly to such situations. But officers and the public they serve are rightly proud of the ability of the police to do their jobs day in day out without carrying guns.
"There needs to be sensible guidelines in place to ensure that armed officers on our streets do not become the default."