What do voters think about gun laws?

Despite the controversy surrounding the issue, the majority of voters favor common sense gun laws.

Here in North Carolina voters, including gun owners, support background checks and permits which can keep guns out of the wrong hands.

•    90% of North Carolina voters support background checks on all gun sales, this includes 87% of reported gun owners.

•    Background checks have bi-partisan support; including 86% of Republicans and 87% of self-identified ‘conservatives’.

•    67% of North Carolina voters support county permits for handguns, this includes 57% of reported gun owners.

•    Handgun permits also have bi-partisan support; including 62% of Republicans and 59% of self-identified ‘conservatives’.

Nationwide: Voters, including gun owners, support sensible gun laws which close legal gaps to keep guns out of the wrong hands

•    90 percent of Americans and 90 percent of gun owners support fixing gaps in government databases that are meant to prevent the mentally ill, drug abusers and others from buying guns.

•    91 percent of Americans and 93 percent of gun owners support requiring federal agencies to share information about suspected dangerous persons or terrorists to prevent them from buying guns. 

•    86 percent of Americans and 81 percent of gun owners support requiring all gun buyers to pass a background check, no matter where they buy the gun and no matter who they buy it from. 

•    89 percent of Americans and 85 percent of gun owners support a law to require background checks for all guns sold at gun shows. 

•    51% of voters feel the laws covering the sale of guns should be made more strict and 39% support keeping our current gun laws, only 7% of voters think current gun laws should be less strict

•    81% of voters support laws tracking the bulk purchase of  assault rifles

•    57 % of voters reported feeling less safe knowing people can carry loaded, concealed guns in public**

•    74% of Americans and 70% of gun owners believe our government can both protect gun owners' rights, and simultaneously prevent criminals and other dangerous people from having guns.

•    In the aftermath of the assassination attempt in Tucson 50% of Americans believe we should make it harder for dangerous people to have access to guns.

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Polling Sources:

Elon University Poll, April 2011

Public Policy Polling, December, 2010

Momentum Analysis & American Viewpoint Poll, 2011 

Lake Research Partners April 2010


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