Saturday, July 28, 2012

Poll: Most Gun Owners Back Some Firearms Restrictions

A poll conducted by Republican pollster Frank Luntz for Mayors Against Illegal Guns found that most gun owners, including former and current NRA members, support some firearms ownership restrictions, in contrast to the NRA's hard line:

Seventy-four percent of the current and former NRA members and 87 percent of the other gun owners supported criminal background checks of anyone purchasing a gun, according to the poll.

...Poll respondents also favored eligibility requirements for obtaining concealed weapon permits, with 63 percent of current and former NRA members and 74 percent of the other gun owners agreeing that applicants must be at least 21 years old.

More than two-thirds of respondents from both groups said that permits to carry concealed weapons should not be allowed for people who had committed violent misdemeanors, such as assault, or those who have been arrested for domestic violence.

In addition, 71 percent of current or former NRA members and 80 percent of the other gun owners supported banning people on a terrorist watch list from purchasing guns.

Image: Steve Sack, Star Tribune


Michael The Molar Maven said...

Now the follow-up question is: Are most gun-control enthusiasts (of which I am one) equally willing to compromise and agree that gun owners have legitimate rights and concerns? If so, let the negotiations that might lead to a sensible national firearms policy begin.

Jeff Tone said...

Unfortunately, that reasonable stance is alien to the NRA, an extremist, dangerous and wealthy organization.