Public opinion polling on gun policy

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

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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
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1993


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Nursing(all)
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Professions(all)

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Vernick, J. S., Teret, S. P., Howard, K. A., Teret, M. D., & Wintemute, G. J. (1993). Public opinion polling on gun policy. Health Affairs, 12(4), 198-208.