Dionne Jr. Says Most Gun Owners Support Sensible Firearms Laws


Writing in the Washington Post, columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. says gun-owners are more willing to accept sensible gun laws than politicians and the National Rifle Association apparently believe. He cites a new survey that found that 82 percent of NRA members supported “prohibiting people on the terrorist watch lists from purchasing guns.” Sixty-nine percent favored “requiring all gun sellers at gun shows to conduct criminal background checks of the people buying guns,” and 78 percent backed “requiring gun owners to alert police if their guns are lost or stolen.”

Dionne writes, “It’s true that these gun owners, including NRA members, don’t buy broader forms of gun control. For example, 59 percent of NRA members opposed ‘requiring every gun owner to register each gun he or she owns as part of a national gun registry,’ though I was surprised that 30 percent supported this.” He continues, “Still, those surveyed stood behind the core idea that gun regulations and gun rights complement each other. The poll offered this statement: ‘We can do more to stop criminals from getting guns while also protecting the rights of citizens to freely own them.’ Among all gun owners and NRA members, 86 percent agreed.

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