Americans strongly support licensing laws. A poll conducted shortly after the 2008 presidential election found that 68% of voters, including 60% of gun owners, support the licensing of gun owners.1

Another poll conducted in 2006 found that 79% of Americans support the issuance of a police permit before a gun can be purchased.2

A poll of likely 2004 presidential election voters found that 70% of Americans want to require all gun owners to obtain a federal government-issued license and demonstrate how to properly handle a firearm.3

A nationwide poll conducted in May of 2001 found that 85% of respondents – including 73% of gun owners – favor laws requiring handgun purchasers to obtain a permit before buying a handgun. That poll also found that 70% of the respondents mistakenly believe that a licensing system already exists in the U.S.4

An Opinion Research Corporation International poll taken in 2001 found that 82% of respondents support laws requiring the licensing and registration of handguns.5

A 2001 National Opinion Research Center poll found that 87.9% of Americans support a requirement that prospective gun purchasers take gun-safety courses. That poll also found that 79% of Americans favor a police permit requirement prior to a firearms purchase. Over 62% of persons polled believe handgun owners must at least be licensed and trained to use a handgun.6

A poll of high school students on firearm-related policies found that almost 90% of such students support the requirement of a permit to purchase.7

Notes
  1. Penn, Schoen, & Berland Associates, Inc. for Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Post-Election Analysis: Sensible Gun Laws Builds Bridges not Burns Them to Moderates, McCain, and Even Gun Owners in Post-Heller World (Nov. 18, 2008), available at: http://www.bradycampaign.org/xshare/pdf/memo-11-18-08.pdf. ⤴︎
  2. Tom W. Smith, National Opinion Research Center (NORC)/University of Chicago, Public Attitudes Towards the Regulation of Firearms (Mar. 2007) (discussing the results of the “2006 General Social Survey” NORC/University of Chicago) , at http://www.icpgv.org/pdf/NORCPoll.pdf. ⤴︎
  3. Penn, Schoen, & Berland Associates, Inc. for Americans for Gun Safety, Winning the Gun Vote (Oct. 16, 2003) at http://www.dlc.org/documents/AGS_Penn_1003.pdf. ⤴︎
  4. Lake, Snell, Perry & Associates, Inc. Poll, Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (May 15-21, 2001), at http://www.commondreams.org/news2001/0612-05.htm. ⤴︎
  5. Lois Hess, Editorial, Bush Undermining Gun Control Laws, Balt. Sun, July 31, 2001, at 11A, available at http://www.commondreams.org/views01/0731-03.htm. ⤴︎
  6. Tom W. Smith, National Opinion Research Center (NORC)/University of Chicago, Public Attitudes Towards the Regulation of Firearms (Mar. 2007) (discussing the results of the 2001 “National Gun Policy Survey” conducted by NORC/University of Chicago), at http://www.icpgv.org/pdf/NORCPoll.pdf. ⤴︎
  7. Katherine Vittes, Susan Sorenson & Dennis Gilbert, High School Students’ Attitudes about Firearms Policies, U. Pa. School Soc. Pol’y & Prac. Departmental Paper 22 (Dec. 2003) at http://repository.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1078&context=spp_papers. ⤴︎