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Few support city gun bans

Support for stricter gun control laws has fallen to its lowest level in several years.

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Americans say city governments do not have the right to prevent citizens from owning handguns, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

These views have changed little over the past two years.

Only 35% of all Adults now say the United States needs stricter gun control. Fifty-one percent (51%) disagree, while another 14% are not sure. 

Previously, support for stronger gun control has ranged from a low of 39% in October 2009 to a high of 45% in April 2007.

The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on June 28-29, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Gun owners are even more strongly opposed to city efforts to ban handguns. Fourteen percent (14%) of those who say someone in their household owns a gun believe city governments have the right to prevent citizens from owning a handgun. Eighty percent (80%) say cities do not have that right, and 55% of those without a gun in their home agree.    * * *

Sixty-six percent (66%) of Republicans and 65% of voters not affiliated with either major party say stricter gun restrictions are not necessary.  But even a majority (52%) of Democrats agree that cities do not have the right to ban handgun ownership. Republicans and unaffiliateds, however, believe that much more strongly.

Fifty-four percent (54%) of Americans say they have followed recent news reports about the Supreme Court’s gun ruling, with 29% who have followed Very Closely.

Seventy-eight percent (78%) of Americans believe the U. S. Constitution guarantees the right of an average citizen to own a gun, another finding that has held relatively steady for several years.  [This is the same percentage as that found in a poll taken at the Minnesota State Fair in 1999.]

Most Americans are not concerned about their safety around those who have legal permits to carry concealed weapons.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of Americans say gun sales are up in the United States because of a fear of increased government restriction on gun ownership. 

Rasmussen Reports for July 1, 2010 is an electronic report on the collection, publication, and distribution of public opinion polling information.