New Poll: Only 40% of Americans Support Extended Background Checks, Nowhere Near 90%

December 26 2013
by GSL Staff
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Stock Smith_and_Wesson_586-7Here we go, yet another poll that discredits the so called “90% poll” that anti-gun politicians keep spouting like it’s fact.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) commissioned a scientific poll which would be a direct counter to the outdated, poorly performed “90% poll”.

The results weren’t surprising. According to the new poll, only 4 in 10 Americas support expanding background checks at the federal level to private sales of firearms. It should be noted that it’s already illegal to sell a gun to someone who you suspect is not allowed to own one. Also, 18 states already have laws requiring background checks on private sales. The other states do allow sales between private individuals without a background check.

According to the NSSF’s article on the poll results,

These findings were the among the results of a national scientific poll of more than 1,200 Americans conducted in November by McKeon & Associates and released today by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry. The McKeon poll found that only 40 percent of respondents said that extension of “universal background checks” to private transactions at gun shows are necessary, while 53 percent said they are not necessary and 7% said they did not know.

“We commissioned this poll to help determine where Americans stood on the various aspects of how the NICS system actually works today,” said Larry G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “When properly informed of relevant details, it turns out that only four out of ten, not nine out of ten Americans support so-called ‘universal background checks’ at gun shows or for firearms transfers. The poll also found that Americans want a National Instant Criminal Background Check System with a dependable and accurate database, which supports the goal of the FixNICS initiative we launched in 2013 and will continue in 2014.”

The poll conducted Nov. 6-7 has a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percent. Respondents self-identified as 33 percent Democrat, 26 percent Republican and 41 percent independent. As to ethnicity, 62 percent of respondents said they were Caucasian, 18 percent African-American, 11 percent Hispanic; and 9 percent, other. As to age, 20 percent of respondents said they were 18-30; 36 percent, 31-45; 23 percent 46-60; and 21 percent, 60 or older.

In our own, unscientific reader poll, we found that nearly 90% of our readers do NOT support extending background checks to private sales. Nearly 10,000 unique people voted in our poll.

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