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NCJ Number: 148078 Find in a Library
Title: Public Opinion Polling on Gun Policy
Journal: Health Affairs  Volume:12  Issue:4  Dated:special issue (Winter 1993)  Pages:198-208
Author(s): J S Vernick; S P Teret; K A Howard; M D Teret; G J Wintemute
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 11
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The authors review the results of public opinion polls on gun policy since 1987.
Abstract: The public believes, contrary to Supreme Court rulings, that the Second Amendment guarantees individuals' right to bear arms. Nonetheless, a majority of Americans favors every gun control option--short of a complete ban--tested in this study. Specifically, the public favors: 1) banning the manufacture, possession, and sale of "Saturday night specials" and assault weapons; 2) stricter regulation of the sale of all firearms and handguns in particular, but not all handguns; 3) a waiting period before purchasing a handgun; and 4) registration of all guns and requiring a license to carry a gun outside one's home. Policymakers should pay close attention to their constituents' support for these options. 2 graphs, 42 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Citizen gun ownership; Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Crime prevention measures; Firearms; Gun control legislation; Public Opinion of Crime; Statistics
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