Poll: 57% say enforce current gun laws instead of creating new ones

Most Americans feel it is more important for the government to enforce existing gun control laws than to create new ones. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 32% of American Adults believe creation of new gun control laws is more important. Fifty-seven percent (57%) think more emphasis should be put on stricter enforcement of existing gun control laws. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. 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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  • whowon

    Just read a really interesting story on Minneapolis Tribune. State laws needed to be fixed, not MORE laws. Under state law, a person’s juvenile record is deleted from the BCA’s database when the individual turns 28 even though he shot and killed his Mother then. Even though Oberender killed his mother with a firearm, even though he was committed to the state hospital in St. Peter as mentally ill and dangerous more than a decade ago, he was able to obtain a permit to purchase firearms last May. That piece of paper gave Oberender, now 32, the ability to walk into any licensed Minnesota retailer and buy any assault weapon or pistol on the rack.
    Dozens of other Minnesotans judged by a court to be mentally ill have also found that designation no barrier to obtaining deadly weapons. A Star Tribune review of state court records found case after case in which individuals deemed mentally ill in judicial proceedings later wound up in possession of guns and accused of violent crimes. The article also says the BCA’s system doesn’t contain any state commitment records of the mentally ill and dangerous. hope Al Franfen sees in on the Minneapolis Tribune.

  • Kevin Flanagan

    The strategy has always been to enact more and more gun laws and not enforce them so they can finally proclaim “gun laws” haven’t worked, so we must confiscate them all.