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Measure Gunowner Households
with Guns
Households
w/o Guns
Overall
Support for General Gun Control Measures
Tamper-resistant serial numbers on guns (97-98) 85.4% 91.8% 92.5% 89.6%
Mandatory background check and 5-day waiting period 81.9% 90.6% 85.9% 85.3%
Mandatory registration of handguns 74.7% 92.3% 89.0% 85.3%
Police permit needed before gun may be purchased       82.0%
Require background check for private sales 65.9% 88.8% 83.9% 79.5%
Restrict handgun ammunition like handguns themselves 59.0% 85.2% 84.0% 76.8%
Keep guns from criminals, even if harder for law-abiding 59.8% 76.7% 83.5% 75.3%
Ban all high-capacity ammunition magazines 59.9% 82.6% 77.0% 73.2%
Mandatory registration of rifles/shotguns 49.1% 81.7% 80.8% 72.3%
Willing to pay $25 in taxes to reduce gun injuries (97-98)       71.4%
Handgun owners must at least be licensed and trained 41.2% 69.2% 82.9% 69.6%
Prohibit import of guns not allowed in country of origin 53.3% 81.3% 74.7% 69.2%
Concealed-carrying only for those with special needs 37.4% 58.5% 71.0% 59.8%
Prohibit importing guns 43.4% 64.3% 59.5% 55.1%
Ban "Saturday night specials" 50.8% 58.6% 59.1% 54.2%
General concealed-carrying laws make it less safe 34.7% 56.4% 61.8% 53.6%
Ban possession of handguns, except police/authorized 10.3% 30.5% 53.2% 38.5%
Total ban on handguns       15.6%

Source:  1998 National Gun Policy Survey, National Opinion Research Center, Tables 1 and 9. Complete questions available in source document
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