NRA members (90%) and non-NRA member gun owners (93%) agree that irresponsible gun dealers who break the law by knowingly selling guns to unqualified purchasers should be held accountable to the maximum extent of the law. Seventy-two percent of NRA members and 79% of non-NRA member gun owners strongly agree with this concept.1

A May 2012 poll found that 79% of NRA members and 80% of non-NRA gun owners support requiring gun retailers to perform background checks on all employees – a measure recently endorsed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry.2

Eighty-two percent of NRA members and 85% of non-NRA member gun owners would support a requirement that gun retailers perform background checks on their employees to ensure they are not felons.3

A national poll conducted for Mayors Against Illegal Guns4 in the spring of 2008 found that Americans strongly favor thorough regulation of firearms dealers, including laws that:

  • Require gun retailers to perform background checks on their employees (91% of Americans favor, including 88% of gun owners);
  • Require gun retailers to inspect their inventories every year and report stolen or missing guns (86% of Americans favor, including 83% of gun owners);
  • Require gun retailers to videotape all gun sales (74% of Americans favor);
  • Require gun sellers to install machines that can verify the validity of a gun buyer’s driver’s license (83% of Americans favor);
  • Require gun stores to keep all guns locked securely to prevent theft (88% of Americans favor); and
  • Prohibit gun retailers whose licenses have been revoked from continuing to sell their guns without a new background check on the dealer (80% of Americans favor, including 80% of gun owners).

On the issue of gun dealers videotaping gun sales transactions, a survey conducted for Mayors Against Illegal Guns in January 2007 found that 91% of gun owners said being videotaped in a store while purchasing firearms would make no difference to them or would make them more likely to purchase a firearm from that retailer.5

For detailed information on gun dealer regulations, including policy background information and state and local laws on the topic, see our Dealer Regulations Policy Summary.

Notes
  1. Dr. Frank Luntz/Word Doctors for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, America’s Gun Owners Support Common Sense Gun Laws 9 (Dec. 2009) at http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/downloads/pdf/luntz_poll_slides.pdf. ⤴︎
  2. Press Release, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, New Poll of NRA Members by Frank Luntz Shows Strong Support for Common-Sense Gun Laws, Exposing Significant Divide Between Rank-and-file Members and NRA Leadership (May 2012), at http://mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/media-center/pr006-12.shtml. ⤴︎
  3. Dr. Frank Luntz/Word Doctors for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, supra note 1, at 14. ⤴︎
  4. Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research & the Tarrance Group for the Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Americans Support Common Sense Measures to Cut Down on Illegal Guns 3, 6 (Apr. 10, 2008), available at http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/downloads/pdf/polling_memo.pdf. ⤴︎
  5. Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research & The Tarrance Group for the Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Strong Public Support for Tough Enforcement of Common Sense Gun Laws (Graphs) 7 (Jan. 23, 2007), available at http://www.greenbergresearch.com/articles/1849/2630_MAIGslides.pdf. ⤴︎