Support For Gun Control Continues To Drop

Only one third support any federal government involvement in gun laws
by Steve Watson

Sep. 24, 2015

Support for federally enforced gun control continues to decline, according to the findings of a new Rasmussen survey.

The poll found that only 3 in 10 Americans, 34 percent, feel that the federal government should be involved in gun control.

That figure is down from a high of 38 percent, recorded in December 2014.

Perhaps even more telling is the finding that the percentage of Americans who oppose the idea of banning guns for everyone except for government agencies, military, and law enforcement continues to grow.

“69 percent think it would be bad for the country if only the government had guns, [which is] up seven points from 62% in December.” reports Rasmussen.

The survey also discovered that 68 percent “would feel safer living in a neighborhood where they can own a gun” rather than in a place where guns are banned.

Rasmussen also discovered that a majority oppose more gun control, with 48 percent opposing and 43 percent declaring support for more gun control.

The poll also found that more Americans consider high profile shooting incidents, such as the August shooting of of WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, to be a mental health issue rather than something that can be prevented by imposing stricter gun laws.

Just over a third, 36 percent of those polled, said that they believe gun ownership is a state government responsibility, while 18 percent opined that local governments should be ultimately responsible for enforcing gun laws.

A surprisingly high number of Americans, 12 percent, seem confused, saying they are “not sure” who should have the final say on laws regarding gun ownership.

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