Queensland police could be armed with semi-automatic assault rifles and body armour to keep them safe amid the state's crackdown on bikie gangs.
The police union wants powerful Remington R4 carbine .223 guns with scopes, shotguns and personal body armour tailored to individual officers.
The weapons are available to specialist units and police in isolated areas but the high-powered gun has not been allocated in the southeast region.
Commissioner Ian Stewart is considering the request but is cautious not to make police appear too threatening.
"Simply providing all of our police with very high-powered, either semi- or fully-automatic weapons, is something we have to very carefully consider," Mr Stewart told reporters on Tuesday.
"I have asked one of my deputies to look into all aspects of the threats our people are currently facing. I'm not just talking about criminal motorcyclist gang members, I'm talking about all criminals.
"And I have asked for fast and objective assessment of what the threats are and how we should respond to that."
He said he was concerned about creating unnecessary fear among the community if officers are armed with big guns.
However, Queensland police fear they could be murdered by bikies trying to evade capture and prosecution under the state's tough new anti-bikie laws.
Union President Ian Leavers says bikies will take more risks to avoid being subjected to new mandatory sentences simply for being members of declared criminal gangs.
"Police may very well become the victim of a serious attack, if not worse," Mr Leavers told AAP.
"This can be prevented by giving us firepower equal to what bikie gangs have."
Asked if arming officers with bigger guns would escalate the bikie war, the union president says there is already an arms race.
Mr Stewart said officers who have received credible threats on their life should report to their superiors.
"We have ways of protecting those officers and families," he said.
A lawyer who acts for members of outlaw bikie gangs says the laws have been so poorly crafted that his clients have been left with no way to satisfy authorities they'd severed their gang links.
"Someone from the government, who is responsible for this legislation, needs to put in writing what it is a bikie must do so they're no longer considered a bikie," Peter Shields said on Monday.
Authorities are also severing the power of outlaw motorcycle gangs operating in jail.The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) says prisons are a prime recruiting place and they're working with jails to gather intelligence.