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Gallup Poll Shows Support for Handgun Ban Hits Record Low

October 27, 2011  | 

Americans' appetite for banning the possession of handguns has fallen to a record low. Only 26 percent now support a handgun ban for all citizens except the police or authorized persons, reports pollster Gallup.

Support has fallen sharply since 1959, when Gallup first began asking respondents about such a ban. At that time, 60 percent of respondents supported a ban. A majority of Americans began opposing such a measure in 1975.

Gallup's annual Crime Poll also showed, for the first time, greater opposition (53 percent) than support for a ban on semi-automatic guns or asault rifles. In 1996, two years after Congress passed its assault-weapons ban, about 57 percent of respondents supported such a ban.


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RICHARD ISAACS @ 10/27/2011 7:38 PM

THE SUPPORT FOR GUN CONTROL CAN FALL TO 0 AND CALIFORNIA WOULD STILL PASS LAWS FOR DENYING CALIF CITIZENS THEIR RIGHTS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES. THE LAND OF FRUITS AND NUTS IS NOT AN EXAGGERATION.

[email protected] @ 10/27/2011 8:06 PM

I wonder how many of these politicians have armed security and live in the gated & patroled areas of the state they allegely serve? How would the like their families to be in danger for even 3 minutes that it would take a squad to arrive on scene? A lot can happen in three minutes. If you doubt that, ask some of the victims of assault.

Ed @ 10/28/2011 5:13 AM

Poorly written summary. The Clinton Ugly Gun ban was passed in 1994.

Rick @ 10/28/2011 8:51 AM

I'm a former USCG tactical officer, now in the the security industry in CA. I can't get a CCW here, but I have my Florida CCW permit. To curb crime in CA, ol Jerry Brown just outlawed the open carry of UNLOADED guns. New stats show that 48% of violent crime is committed by gangs. I sleep safer knowing that gang members can't openly carry and unloaded weapon. Sen. Boxer and Sen. Feinstein, who are anti-gun, both have CCW's for CA.

David Cook @ 10/28/2011 3:03 PM

Let it be know that if anyone attempts to take away my firearms because some gun hater in office thinks it's the right thing to do, I say let him come and try to take them away himself. Half of my guns are heirlooms handed down from my Great Great Grandfather, to my father and now to me. As I will hand down my duty weapon from my 20 years of service as a Police Officer and the rest of the firearms that have been handed down to me and any others that I have picked up along the way. Nobody is going to swipe them from me and deny my children the treasures that have been in my family for generations. Don't mess with our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Quit freeking out over our Second Ammendment and do something to fix our unemployment problems our education and everything else that has gone to hell while we give Iraq 6.6 billion dollars so they can buy guns to kill more Americans. That's all I have to say about that.

Horbo13 @ 10/28/2011 5:40 PM

Politicians are afraid of guns, not bad guys with guns. [email protected] hit it on the head with the question of body guards and gated communities etc. What scares politicians is Americans with guns. Armed citizens prevent a full and total take over of EVERY aspect of our "free" society. What was one of the first things every maniacal tyrant has done to put himself in complete power...take away the arms of the society he wanted to control. Our liberal politicians are trying to take total control of every aspect of our lives. Beware of them...

Tom Ret @ 10/29/2011 5:31 AM

Rick-you can carry in Calif if you qualify under HR218. You would have to have at least 15 years in law enforcement as I recall before leaving your agency. The specific requirements for retired officers is listed under the bill. It does require a yearly qualification and carrying the required documentation while armed. Absent HR218, you are correct. I spend approx 5 months in Calif each year.

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