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Poll Finds Opposition To Handgun Ban

September 9, 1999

Most voters continue to believe strongly that the Constitution protects the right of individuals to bear arms, including handguns, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. But 63 percent of the public supports moderate gun control measures.

  • The survey found suburban residents are as likely as urban residents to support a range of gun control measures -- with more than eight of 10 supporting the requirement that guns be sold with trigger locks and supporting background checks at gun shows.
  • In rural areas, support is significantly lower.
  • However, about two-thirds oppose a nationwide ban on sale of handguns.
  • And voters are evenly split on whether there should be a national ban on carrying concealed weapons.

Source: (Washington Post-ABC News) "Poll Shows Only Moderate Gun Control Measures Have Support," White House Bulletin - Morning Digest, September 9, 1999.


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