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Poll: Most American Gun Owners Distrust Government With Gun Control Laws

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By    |   Friday, 08 July 2022 07:06 PM EDT

A new NPR/Ipsos poll released Friday found that while most gun owners, no matter which political party, support gun control reforms like universal background checks and raising the age to buy a firearm, they overwhelmingly do not trust either their state or federal government to protect their constitutional right to have a weapon.

According to the poll, 56% feel protecting gun rights is more important than controlling gun violence, and 53% believe that passing gun control legislation is "a slippery slope" leading to the government confiscating their firearms.

The survey was conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs' Knowledge Panel from June 15-21 with 1,022 gun owners who identified as Republicans, Democrats and independents, with a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percentage points.

While many of the questions broke down along party lines, with Republicans concerned that gun control laws would lead to having weapons confiscated [73%] and Democrats disagreeing with the "slippery slope" concept [66%], the plurality of independents [47%-34%] said that passing new gun control laws would eventually lead to losing their weapons.

Independents also believe that a "good guy with a gun" is a good way to stop a criminal with a gun, 44%-28%, while 69% of Republicans agree and 62% of Democrats disagree with the statement, according to the poll.

Regardless of political affiliation, almost 80% of those surveyed said one reason they owned a gun is to protect either themselves [79%] or their families [78%].

Most Republicans [62%] and independents [52%] said they enjoyed shooting the weapons for sport, with just 34% of Democrats giving that as a reason to own a gun, according to the poll.

In the same line, 59% of Republicans and 43% of independents said they own a gun to exercise their constitutional rights, compared to just 17% of Democrats.

While recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, Uvalde, Texas, and Monday’s shooting during a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, propelled the gun debate back into the national spotlight, the majority surveyed said they were more concerned with inflation and the economy [60%], political extremism and polarization [33%], and government debt [27%], before crime and gun violence [26%].

Founded in 1975, Ipsos is the world’s third-largest market research company, serving an estimated 5,000 clients in 90 markets around the globe with more than 18,000 employees, according to the company.

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A new NPR/Ipsos poll released Friday found that while most gun owners, no matter which political party, support gun control reforms, they overwhelmingly do not trust either their state or federal government to protect their constitutional right to have a weapon.
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