Queensland police want to take their guns home in the face of bikie death threats, but their chief is taking a cautious approach.
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart says requests by officers to take weapons home will be assessed in the usual way, on an individual basis.
"If they (officers) have that concern they can make application for that through our normal standard processes and we will make a decision on a case by case basis," he told ABC Radio.
"We have in the past, when there were different rules in the police service, we've had situations where members of police officer's families have died as a result of access to a firearm at home."
The police union has written to the commissioner asking that officers be allowed to take their Glock handguns home when they want for personal protection.
Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers wrote that officers and their families could be targeted by bikie gang members following the introduction of strict new anti-gang laws.
The laws include hefty mandatory sentences for gang members convicted of serious offences among other measures.
Police have reportedly been warned that members of the outlaw motorcycle gang the Mongols have discussed killing officers who attempt to arrest them for serious offences.
The advice is in a confidential email, published in the media, that also states the Mongols and the Finks gang are seeking to arm themselves with automatic weapons.
In a statement on Saturday afternoon, Mr Stewart said the safety of police was foremost in his mind and he was personally accountable for each officer.He added that police have access to bulletproof vests and the service was also rolling out new lightweight covert body armour suited to the Queensland climate.