A recent Fox News poll found that 82% of voters, 72% of Republicans, and 77% of people from gun-owning households all support expanding background checks.
Some have theorized that the generation-long decline in gun ownership could be attributed to privacy concerns. In short, that people lied to pollsters.
The NY Times is reporting a four decade decline in gun ownership in the home, based on 2012 General Social Survey data. But the trend may be reversing.
A recent JAMA Internal Medicine study released Wednesday indicates that a higher number of firearm laws in a state are associated with a lower rate of firearm fatalities in the state.
In 1996, 35 people were murdered at Port Arthur, in the Australian state of Tasmania. In response, the government introduced a series of comprehensive reforms including tighter licensing and restrictions on the types of weapons that could be owned.
The latest NBC/WSJ poll indicates that the number of households reporting gun ownership rose from 41% to 42% in just one month.
In the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, more than six in ten (61 percent) say that “laws covering the sale of firearms” should be made more strict while 34 percent want the laws kept the same and four percent want them made less strict.
According to 2011 FBI statistics, there were 12,664 murders in the US, 8,583 caused by firearms. Handguns 72.47% Rifles 3.76% and Shotguns 4.15%.