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NCJ Number: 70196 Find in a Library
Title: Police Opinions on Firearms Regulations and the Gun Control Act
Author(s): E P Schwartz
Corporate Author: Missouri Cmtte for Firearms Safety
Law Enforcement Section
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Missouri Cmtte for Firearms Safety
University City, MO 63130
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Police administrators from 89 police departments in Missouri responded to 26 questions regarding the Volkmer-McClure bills to dilute Federal control over firearms and the Kennedy-Rodino bills to strengthen firearms controls.
Abstract: The questions related to 11 of the Volkmer-McClure proposals and 15 aspects of the Kennedy-Rodino proposals. Considering the total number of 'yes' responses as to whether the police would support a specific policy regarding the regulation of firearms, 77 percent of the issues advocated by the Kennedy-Rodino bills were favorably supported by the police. Only 48 percent of the Volkmer-McClure proposals received police support. These percentages were calculated by totaling the number of 'yes' responses to the questions and dividing this figure by the total number of possible 'yes' responses to those questions. Overall, it appeared that police supported more control and regulations on firearms rather than any effort toward deregulation. Specific aspects of the bills treated in the questions are discussed together with an indication of the number of police departments supporting each aspect. Professinal advisory board members for the Missouri Committee for Firearms Safety are identified.
Index Term(s): Firearms; Gun Control; Legislation; Missouri; Police attitudes
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