Gun Shy? A Look at Public Opinion On Gun Ownership

Despite recent polling indicating that a vast majority of Americans favor tightening restrictions on accessibility to guns (more than three-quarters favor making private gun sales and purchases at gun shows subject to background checks), the picture of public opinion on guns is much more complex upon closer examination.

Here are some numbers to help you dive right in:
- 85% of the public backs making private gun sales and gun show purchases subject to background checks
- 80% favor laws to prevent mentally ill people from purchasing guns
- 2 in 3 support creating a federal database to track gun sales
- 84% of Democrats
- 49% of Republicans

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Source: Gun Shy? A Look at Public Opinion on Gun Control

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