Public opinion polling on gun policy

J. S. Vernick, S. P. Teret, K. A. Howard, M. D. Teret, G. J. Wintemute

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Abstract

Faced with the national epidemic of gun violence, legislators should be especially sensitive to their constituents' support for various policy options. This support is best evidenced by well-conducted public opinion polls. We review public opinion polls on gun policy since 1987. Although the public support for a number of promising interventions targeting the design and manufacture of firearms has not been meaningfully investigated, strong support is evidenced for most other gun-control options. The public also believes, contrary to Supreme Court rulings, that the Second Amendment to the Constitution protects a broad individual right to bear arms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)198-208
Number of pages11
JournalHealth Affairs
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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