New Survey: Gun Ownership is for Self Defense, Most Opposed to Bans
By Chris Eger
A recent survey among likely voters found strong support for gun ownership (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
A new survey among likely voters in 18 key battleground states found the number one reason for firearm ownership is for protection and that most are opposed to arbitrary gun bans.
The survey results, released by the National Shooting Sports Foundation on Monday, found that more than half believe self-defense is the primary motivation for firearm ownership. Moreover, almost 60 percent said that a ban on semi-automatic rifles would have little effect on crime, with 51 percent opposing a ban on such firearms. Just under half said a restriction on magazine capacity would have no effect on crime.
The key takeaway, says NSSF, is that most of the voters surveyed though law-abiding citizens should be able to choose the type of firearm and amount of ammunition available to them.
“The results tell us Americans want their right to purchase the firearm of their choice, especially when it comes to their personal safety,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “These results also tell us that enforcing existing laws is a better use of public resources than efforts to restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens. Those