Americans overwhelmingly opposed to handgun ban

Despite Americans’ willingness to strengthen gun laws in the wake of Sandy Hook and other deadly mass shootings, Gallup finds public opposition to a broad ban on the possession of handguns at a record-high 74%. Conversely, the 24% in favor is the lowest recorded since Gallup first asked the question in 1959.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • realitybasedbob

    Luckily for Americans, no one is talking about a hand gun ban.

    Oh hey, this is also what Gallup found:

    In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in
    Newtown, Conn., Gallup finds 58% of Americans in favor of strengthening
    the laws covering the sale of firearms, up from 43% in 2011.

    • $8194357

      Never trust a leftist who’s lips are moving….

      Following is a summary of the 2013 legislation:

      Bans the sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of:

      120 specifically-named firearms

      Certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one military characteristic

      Semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds

      Strengthens the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and various state bans by:

      Moving from a 2-characteristic test to a 1-characteristic test

      Eliminating the easy-to-remove bayonet mounts and flash suppressors from the characteristics test

      Banning firearms with “thumbhole stocks” and “bullet buttons” to address attempts to “work around” prior bans

      Bans large-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.

      Protects legitimate hunters and the rights of existing gun owners by:

      Grandfathering weapons legally possessed on the date of enactment

      Exempting over 900 specifically-named weapons used for hunting or sporting purposes and

      Exempting antique, manually-operated, and permanently disabled weapons

      Requires that grandfathered weapons be registered under the National Firearms Act, to include:

      Background check of owner and any transferee;

      Type and serial number of the firearm;

      Positive identification, including photograph and fingerprint;

      Certification from local law enforcement of identity and that possession would not violate State or local law; and

      Dedicated funding for ATF to implement registration

      Read more:

      • matthew_bosch

        Trust a Central planner or Snake Oil salesman? Both offer a “placebo” for ails ya, except snake oil doesn’t cost half of your paycheck and an additional payment upon death. Personally, I think I’ll take a belly full of the “mysterious elixir.”

        • $8194357

          You would think Charlie Browns of the world would catch on.
          The leftist Lucies will always move the ball…..
          Its what they do…Lie steal and cheat…
          For their version of
          “the greater good”.

          • slackwarerobert

            You forget the right ‘leaders’ are the same. They don’t want to stop spending, they just want to be the one spending. That is why I figure 36 months on the outside, when they vote to raise debt ceiling to 30 trillion it will be greece with guns in DC, and I am not going to even feel bad about them all getting what they deserve.

          • $8194357

            In a perfect world…
            The DC invaders would be tared…feathered
            and ridden out of town on a spintered rail…

      • Proof

        “Positive identification, including photograph and fingerprint” I’d like to see a list of all the liberals who think this is a god idea and then compare it to their stand on requiring voter ID. If getting a photo ID is a hardship for their constituents, would it not be a “hardship” here as well?

        • $8194357

          Tru that…

    • 308T

      “Luckily for Americans, no one is talking about a hand gun ban.” No one except Democrats, 7.62 just choke slammed your liberal lie by posting DiFis gun ban bill. Lucky for Americans the Tea Party Repubs in the house will protect our 2A rights.

      • matthew_bosch

        I to have faith in the Constitutionalists we voted into the house. My only concern is “we”(voting constitutionalists) haven’t issued a simple public ultimatum to all the Republicans. “Vote no on tax increases and anti-2nd amend bills or we will replace you.”

        • slackwarerobert

          Heck I would even ask my scumbags to vote for a ban on new 30 round mags as long as it sets the debt ceiling to ZERO as well. A paid off debt in 30 years is worth only letting me keep the large mags I have.

          • Proof

            I’ll accept the smaller capacity mags, if we can just have every criminal in the country sign an agreement for smaller capacity gangs. Home invasions would be open to no more than three invaders. If a fourth man enters the house, you throw a red flag and they all have to go outside and start again.

          • $8194357

            Ya…With officle replay from upstairs right.

  • spud

    You should all realize you may not have a say on this if as expected Mrs. Clinton runs and gets elected which is highly probable as she could easily get 60% of female vote. She will pack the supreme court and it would be as simple as “game over”. Whenever the name Hillary Clinton is mentioned you can see the fear in republicans as they don’t appear to have anyone to take her on. Elections have consequences and that appears to be the future. Democrats are in much stronger position on this issue in a political sense. I don’t believe we will see any change in gun laws except maybe getting rid of these 30 round clips. But that is today the future tomorrow’s are a whole different story especially if repubs can’t get a message that is only appealing to old angry white men.

    • slackwarerobert

      I doubt we will have a country still by then, I give obama 36 months before he pushes us to far to not take up arms and restore the republic.

  • $8194357
    And Chicago shows America how great strict gun control laws work..
    500 homocides this year under
    Rahm “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste” Emanual..

    • HG

      It don’t matter if gun bans and restrictions don’t stop criminals from getting and using guns. What matter is the control freaks get more power. They are perfectly content to overlook the murders in Chicago in exchange for more control over law abiding citizens.

      • Proof

        HG: I recently likened gun control to your mom telling you “clean your plate” because “kids were starving in China”. The guilt would cause you to do what she wanted you to, but the children in China were no better off.

        • HG

          Excellent! You managed to imply the nanny-state without a mention.

        • slackwarerobert

          They are if you buy the new i-phone, and reboks though. I did my part and have a nice AK.

      • $8194357


  • slackwarerobert

    All you suckers on the left coast…. Remember 9th circuit will proclaim military weapons shoot bullets, so there is your one feature if your gun shoots bullets it will be banned.

  • slackwarerobert

    Who needs a 30 round mag…. Anyone with small children in the home. I don’t want a 8 year old girl to have to worry about reloading after every shot when they are breaking in the front door. I want her to have as many rounds as the gun will function reliably shooting so she can concentrate on hitting her target not reloading in a dangerous and stressful situation.

  • HG

    Is it time to ban subway trains? Or, maybe just restrict them to moving no faster than the average person?
    Just a thought.

  • slackwarerobert

    A perfect example of why we need better weapons not weaker ones. A law rocket would stop the train trying to run you down, and is light enough to carry with you all the time.