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Gun Shy? A Look at Public Opinion on Gun Ownership

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Gun Shy? A Look at Public Opinion on Gun Ownership

Despite recent polling indicating that a vast majority of Americans favor tightening restrictions on accessibility to guns (more than three-quarters favor making private gun sales and purchases at gun shows subject to background checks), the picture of public opinion on guns is much more complex upon closer examination.

TODAY'S SNAPSHOT


- 85% of the public backs making private gun sales and gun show purchases subject to background checks
- 80% favor laws to prevent mentally ill people from purchasing guns
- 2 in 3 support creating a federal database to track gun sales
- 84% of Democrats
- 49% of Republicans

Do you support a ban on:


- assault-style weapons- 55%
- high-capacity ammunition clips - 54%
- online ammunition sales - 53%

When asked about specific policies, many Americans, including gun owners, favor stricter enforcement of existing laws as well as potential new regulations.

Policy - Favors


- Background checks for private and online gun sales - 85%
- Preventing people with mental illnesses from purchasing guns - 80%
- Instituting a federal database to track gun sales - 67%
- Ban on semi-automatic weapons - 58%
- Ban on assault-style weapons - 55%
- Two-thirds support putting more armed security guards or police in more schools.
- 4 in 10 say arming teachers and school officials with guns is a good idea.
- SOURCE
- Pew Research Center


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