Study shows majority of gun owners support specific gun safety policies


These beliefs are not limited to Democrats or Independents – Republican gun owners share these views as well. Forty percent of respondents identified as Republicans, in addition to 35% who are Democrats and 17% who are independents.

“It’s not as partisan an issue as it’s perceived, and it’s not as controversial an issue as it’s perceived,” said Michael Siegel, a professor at Tufts University School of Medicine who led the study. research. “The most important finding is that there is a sufficiently broad common ground between gun owners and non-gun owners that we believe is sufficient to develop policies that would be extremely effective.”

Survey finds red flag laws, universal background checks, licensing required to buy or own a firearm, and violent crime laws are among those winning owners’ support of firearms. In total, these policies have the potential to reduce firearm homicide rates by up to 28%, according to the study. Additionally, when specific provisions are included in gun laws, support from gun owners increases. Respondents also said they don’t think there is an “inherent conflict between the constitutional protection of gun rights and new laws designed to keep guns out of the hands of high-risk people.” of violence”.

A law banning gun ownership by those convicted of a crime of domestic violence has the highest support among gun owners (78%). Republican gun owners support this measure on the same level. Republican respondents also supported banning gun ownership by people with domestic violence restraining orders (75%) and requiring background checks for licenses. concealed carry (71%).

But only a third of gun owners support a ban on assault weapons. This support is even lower among Republican gun owners: 16%. Sixteen percent of Republican gun owners support banning large-capacity ammunition magazines, while 29 percent of gun owners overall said they support such a measure.

Siegel said this research should signal to lawmakers that “you don’t have to go back to your state and pass 20 different laws and try to regulate every aspect of guns, you just have to go back and pass some laws that fulfill the principles that gun owners and non-gun owners have.

In June, President Joe Biden signed a bipartisan gun safety bill — the first major congressional response to mass shootings in nearly three decades. It includes tight restrictions on gun ownership that are largely aimed at keeping guns out of reach for people in mental health crisis. A large majority of House Republicans opposed the bill, arguing that it would curtail Second Amendment rights.

“The reality is that a lot of lawmakers who oppose these laws, the reason they oppose them is not that they are ideologically opposed to the idea of ​​keeping guns out of the hands of people at risk , but that they’re concerned about some of the due process and fairness of it,” Siegel said. “I don’t think policymakers can fall back on the argument that they’re voting against these measures because they are trying to respond to the opinions of their constituents.”

“It doesn’t matter if they are in red, blue or purple states,” he continued. “We show that the majority of their voters overwhelmingly support this small set of policies.”

A POLITICO/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday found that 57% of respondents said gun policy would play a major role in their vote. Forty-five percent say they trust Democrats in Congress to handle gun policy, compared to 40% who trust Republicans more. Passing gun control reform legislation is a top priority for 41% of respondents.

With less than a month to go until Election Day, candidates on both sides have weighed in on messages about gun violence. Senate Majority Leader chuck schumer released an ad earlier this week featuring the mother whose son was shot earlier this year in Buffalo, NY, in the Tops supermarket shooting. “While we were healing, Chuck Schumer took action,” she says. “He passed the strongest gun safety law in 30 years. It will keep guns away from dangerous people and it will save lives.

In a Tuesday spot, Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott addressed the issue through a soft on-crime framing against Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke. “My son Diego was murdered,” a woman says in the ad. “The county released the shooter on bail. He raped her 37 times, then shot another person. Why did the county even let my son’s killer out of jail? Beto O’Rourke is in favor of an easy bail. The announcement comes amid an influx of messages about the Uvalde school shooting from O’Rourke and outside groups.

Outside groups have also targeted Republican candidates for their positions on gun policy. “[Republican candidate for Pennsylvania governor Doug] Mastriano is a far-right conspiracy theorist who has compared gun safety measures to Nazi Germany,” says an Everytown for Gun Safety spot in an ad about the Tree of Life synagogue shooting. 2018 in Pittsburgh. A Giffords PAC ad targets Colorado Senate Republican hopeful Joe O’Dea for not supporting “basic common sense gun laws.”

The study found that less than half of gun owners surveyed support the NRA, and less than 10% are members of the organization.

“We can never do anything with very opposing extremist arguments, which I know helps for television purposes, but doesn’t help for legislative purposes,” said Matt Littman, executive director of 97Percent. “That’s where people hang out, and then it’s up to lawmakers if they want to understand where people are and come out and talk about this, knowing that they have the wind in their sails.”


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