A 2012 poll of gun owners – including NRA members – found support for restrictions related to carrying concealed weapons. Among the poll’s findings:

  • 75% of NRA members believe concealed carry permits should only be granted to applicants who have not committed any violent misdemeanors, including assault.
  • 74% of NRA members believe permits should only be granted to applicants who have completed gun safety training.
  • 68% of NRA members believe permits should only be granted to applicants who do not have prior arrests for domestic violence.
  • 63% of NRA members believe permits should only be granted to applicants 21 years of age or older.1

A poll of registered voters conducted in April 2010 found that 57% feel less safe when they learn that loaded concealed guns may lawfully be carried in public. Fifty-six percent of registered voters oppose allowing people to carry concealed guns in public, with 41% strongly opposing concealed carry.2

A slight majority of Americans – 52% – oppose laws that authorize the carrying of concealed weapons.3

Another poll found that nearly 52% of Americans favor authorizing the carrying of concealed weapons only for persons who demonstrate a special need to carry a concealed weapon.4

A 1999 NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll found that 73% of Americans disapprove of making it easier for people to legally carry concealed weapons.5

Americans are more likely to feel less safe rather than more safe if more people in their community acquire firearms. A study6 reviewing surveys on public attitudes toward guns in the U.S. found:

  • In a 1996 survey, that 59% of respondents would feel less safe as more people in their community began to carry guns;
  • In a 1999 survey, that an overwhelming majority said “No,” in response to questions regarding whether average citizens should be allowed to bring their guns into restaurants (88%), college campuses (94%), sports stadiums (94%), bars (93%), hospitals (91%), or government buildings (92%).
  1. 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. ⤴︎
  2. Lake Research Partners for Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Poll: Most Americans Oppose Openly Carried Guns, Want Starbucks to Adopt a “No Guns” Policy (Apr. 26-28, 2010), at http://www.bradycampaign.org/studies/view/174/. ⤴︎
  3. CNN/Opinion Research Corp. Poll, Most Americans Say the Constitution Guarantees the Right to Own a Gun, Latest CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll Shows (June 28, 2008), available at http://www.opinionresearch.com/fileSave/CNNPR_Gun_6_28_2008.pdf. ⤴︎
  4. 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. ⤴︎
  5. Peter Hart and Robert Teeter for NBC News/Wall Street Journal (Apr. 17-19, 1999), available at http://pollingreport.com/guns2.htm. ⤴︎
  6. David Hemenway, Deborah Azrael, Matthew Miller, National Attitudes Concerning Gun Carrying in the United States, 7 Inj. Prevention 282, 283 (2001), at http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/picrender.fcgi?artid=1730790&blobtype=pdf. ⤴︎