Facts and Figures

Background Checks

  • 94 percent of police chiefs favor requiring a Brady criminal background check for all handgun sales (Thompson, p. 309).

  • 82 percent of police chiefs favor requiring a background check for all rifle and shotgun sales (Thompson, p. 309).

  • 87 percent of Americans support background checks on private sales of guns, including sales at gun shows (Greenberg, Appendix A).

  • 83 percent of gun owners support background checks on private sales of guns, including sales at gun shows (Greenberg, p. 3).

  • 87 percent of “new blue” voters in the states of Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia support background checks for all gun sales, including those at gun shows (Green, p. 3).

  • 69 percent of NRA gun-owners support requiring all gun sellers at gun shows to conduct criminal background checks of the people buying guns (Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG, p. 5);

  • 92 percent of high school students support background checks for all sales (Vittes, p. 471).

Law Enforcement Tools to Thwart Corrupt Gun Dealers

  • A majority of Americans strongly favor manufacturers requiring dealers to adopt a code of conduct for sales and distribution of its handguns (National Shooting Sports Foundation, p. 48).

  • 86 percent of Americans, including 83 percent of gun owners, support requiring gun retailers to inspect their own inventories at least once a year to make sure no guns have been stolen or gone missing (Greenberg, p. 3).

  • 80 percent of Americans, including 80 percent of gun owners, support requiring gun dealers whose licenses have been revoked from selling their guns without a background check (Greenberg, p. 3).

Bulk Sales of Handguns

  • 65 percent of Americans support limiting handgun purchases to one per person per month (Greenberg, Appendix A).

  • 59 percent of gun owners support limiting handgun purchases to one per person per month (Smith, 2003, p. 53).

  • 57 percent of “new blue” voters in the states of Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia support limiting the number of guns that can be bought at one time (Green, p. 3).

Assault Weapons

  • 82 percent of Americans support limiting the sales of military-style assault weapons (Smith, 2007, p. 1).

  • 68 percent of “new blue” voters in the states of Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia support banning military-style assault weapons (Green, p. 3).

License/Permit to Purchase a Gun

  • 70 percent of American voters mistakenly believe that a system of licensing and registration already exists in the U.S. (Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, 2001).

  • 79 percent of Americans supports requiring a police permit before the purchase of a gun (Smith, 2007, p. 1).

  • 63 percent of gun owners support requiring a police permit before the purchase of a gun (Smith, 2003, p. 53).

  • 70 percent of “new blue” voters in the states of Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia support registration of gun sales and licensing of gun owners (Green, p.3).

  • 90 percent of high school students support requiring a permit to purchase (Vittes, p. 471).

Registration of Guns

  • 70 percent of American voters mistakenly believe that a system of licensing and registration already exists in the U.S. (Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, 2001).

  • 69 percent of police chiefs support mandatory registration of handguns (Thompson, p. 309).

  • 79 percent of Americans support requiring gun owners to register their guns with the local government (CNN/Opinion Research Corporation, 2008).

  • 61 percent of gun owners support registration of handguns (Smith, 2003, p. 53). 

  • 59 percent of NRA members favor mandatory registration of handguns (Weil, p. 53).

  • 70 percent of “new blue” voters in the states of Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia support registration of gun sales and licensing of gun owners (Green, 2008).

  • 96 percent of high school students support mandatory registration of guns (Vittes, p. 471).
Waiting Period
  • 77 percent of NRA members favor a waiting period for the purchase of a handgun (Weil, p. 53).

  • 73 percent of “new blue” voters in the states of Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia support a five-day waiting period for handgun sales (Green, p.3).

Guns on Campus

  • 86 percent of campus police chiefs disagree or strongly disagree that allowing students to carry concealed weapons on campus would prevent some or all campus killings (Thompson, p. 250). 


Sources


Education Fund To Stop Gun Violence, New Poll Finds American Voters Overwhelmingly Support Handgun Licensing and Registration, Criminal Background Checks, June 12, 2001, at http://www.commondreams.org/news2001/0612-05.htm

Green R, and M. Bechak, Post-Election Analysis: Sensible Gun Laws Build Bridges Not Burn Them to Moderates, McCain, and Even Gun Owners in a Post-Heller World, Washington, DC: Penn, Schoen, and Berland Associates, Inc., November 18, 2008

Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research & The Tarrance Group, Americans Support Common Sense Measures to Cut Down on Illegal Guns, Washington, DC, April 10, 2008

Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Gun Owners: NRA Gun-Owners and Non-NRA Gun-Owners, December 2009

National Shooting Sports Foundation. Documents produced by Sturm, Ruger, and Co. in the California Firearm Case (SR 20910-69), on file with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Smith, Tom W., Public Attitudes Towards the Regulation of Firearms, Chicago, IL: National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago, March 2007

Smith, Tom W., Public Opinion on Gun Control, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago, National Opinion Research Center, December 2003

Thompson, A., JH Price, JA Dake, and T. Tatchell, “Police Chiefs’ Perceptions of the Regulation of Firearms,” American Journal of Preventive Medicine 30(4) (April 2006):305-312

Thompson, Amy, James H. Price, Adam Mrdjenovich, Jagdish Khubchandani, “Reducing Firearm-Related Violence on College Campuses—Police Chiefs' Perceptions and Practices,” Journal of American College Health, 58(3)2009:247-254

Vittes, Katherine A, Susan B. Sorenson, Dennis Gilbert, “High School Students’ Attitudes About Firearms Policies,” Adolescent Medicine 33 (2003):471-478

Weil, Doug S. and David Hemenway, “I Am the NRA: An Analysis of a National Random Sample of Gun Owners,” Violence and Victims 8(4)(Winter1993):367-385

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