Pew: Majority of Americans Favor Making Private Gun Sales, Sales at Gun Shows, Subject to Background Checks

A recent Pew Research study found that 85 percent of Americans favor making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks, with similar support from Republicans, Democrats and independents. About 80 percent support laws to prevent mentally ill people from purchasing guns, with broad support across party lines, according to Pew. Other proposals are as contentious as the gun control debate:

But this bipartisan consensus breaks down when it comes to other proposals. Two-thirds of Americans (67%) favor creating a federal database to track gun sales, but there is a wide partisan divide between Democrats (84%) and Republicans (49%). A smaller majority of the public (55%) favors a ban on assault-style weapons; Democrats (69%) also are far more likely than Republicans (44%) to support this. Similar partisan divides exist when it comes to banning high-capacity ammunition clips or the sale of ammunition online. Source

Here’s the breakdown from Pew Research:

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Pew: Majority of Americans Favor Making Private Gun Sales, Sales at Gun Shows, Subject to Background Checks (Chart credit: Pew Research)

 

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Janet Shan is a freelance journalist, blogger and social media consultant. Janet specializes in political and social commentary, as well as business writing. She is the founder and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette. She is putting the finishing touches on her new novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay, Jamaica.