February 22, 2013 | After Newtown
Support for Gun Policies by Group
Researchers at Johns Hopkins surveyed Americans of various political
and gun owning stripes to find approval levels for various types of policies.
We averaged the support for policy types across groups. Click on the legend to
isolate policy type, or to see more at once. See below for a breakout
of what questions each type include. Read more.
Data from "After Newtown--Public Opinion on Gun Policy and Mental Illness," by the Department of Health Policy and Management and the Center for Gun Policy and Research, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
BREAKDOWN OF POLICY TYPES
Assault Weapon and Ammunition Policies
-Banning the sale of military-style, semi-automatic assault weapons that are capable of shooting more than 10 rounds of ammunition without reloading?
-Banning the sale of large-capacity ammunition clips or magazines that allow some guns to shoot more than 10 bullets before reloading?
-Banning the sale of large-capacity ammunition clips or magazines that allow some guns to shoot more than 20 bullets before reloading?
-Banning the possession of military-style, semi-automatic assault weapons that are capable of shooting more than 10 rounds of ammunition without reloading if the government is required to pay gun owners the fair market value of their weapons?
-Banning the possession of large capacity ammunition clips or magazines that allow some guns to shoot more than 10 bullets before reloading if the government is required to pay gun owners the fair market value of their ammunition clips?
Prohibited Person Policies
-Prohibiting a person convicted of two or more crimes involving alcohol or drugs within a three-year period from having a gun for 10 years?
-Prohibiting a person convicted of violating a domestic violence restraining order from having a gun for 10 years?
-Prohibiting a person convicted of a serious crime as a juvenile from having a gun for 10 years?
-Prohibiting a person under the age of 21 from having a handgun?
-Prohibiting a person on the terror watch-list from having a gun?
-Prohibiting people who have been convicted of each of these crimes from having a gun for 10 years: public display of a gun in a threatening manner excluding self-defense; domestic violence; assault and battery that does not result in serious injury or involve a lethal weapon; drunk and disorderly conduct; carrying a concealed gun without a permit; indecent exposure?
Background Check Policies
-Requiring a background check system for all gun sales to make sure a purchaser is not legally prohibited from having a gun?
-Increased federal funding to states to improve reporting of people prohibited by law from having a gun to the background check system?
-Allowing law enforcement up to 5 business days, if needed, to complete a background check for gun buyers?
Policies Affecting Gun Dealers
-Allowing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to temporarily take away a gun dealer’s license if an audit reveals record-keeping violations and the dealer cannot account for 20 or more of his guns?
-Allowing cities to sue licensed gun dealers when there is strong evidence that the gun dealer’s careless sales practices allowed many criminals to obtain guns?
-Allowing the information about which gun dealers sell the most guns used in crimes to be available to the police and the public so that those gun dealers can be prioritized for greater oversight?
-Requiring a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison for a person convicted of knowingly selling a gun to someone who cannot legally have a gun?
Other Gun Policies
-Requiring a person to obtain a license from a local law enforcement agency before buying a gun to verify their identity and ensure that they are not legally prohibited from having a gun?
-Providing government funding for research to develop and test ’smart guns’ designed to fire only when held by the owner of the gun or other authorized user?
-Requiring by law that a person lock up the guns in their home when not in use to prevent handling by children or teenagers without adult supervision?
Policies Affecting Persons with Mental Illness
-Requiring states to report a person to the background check system who is prohibited from buying a gun due either to involuntary commitment to a hospital for psychiatric treatment or to being declared mentally incompetent by a court of law?
-Requiring health care providers to report people who threaten to harm themselves or others to the background check system to prevent them from having a gun for six months?
-Requiring the military to report a person who has been rejected from service due to mental illness or drug or alcohol abuse to the background check system to prevent them from having a gun?
-Allowing police officers to search for and remove guns from a person, without a warrant, if they believe the person is dangerous due to a mental illness, emotional instability, or a tendency to be violent?
-Allowing people who have lost the right to have a gun due to mental illness to have that right restored if they are determined not to be dangerous?