Public Support for Bump Stock Ban at 79 Percent, Says New Poll

A majority of voters support a ban on bump stocks as well as other gun control measures in the wake of the mass killing in Las Vegas, according to a new poll.

Seventy-nine percent of those surveyed said that they “support” banning the use of “bump fire stocks, a gun accessory that allows a shooter to fire hundreds of rounds per minute.”

Overall 64 percent of voters support stricter gun laws, with 41 percent strongly supporting them. Only 29 percent oppose tougher gun laws with 16 percent in strong opposition.

The poll was commissioned by news organization POLITICO and conducted by Morning Consult, a D.C.-based survey research company. A total of 1,996 registered voters were surveyed. Results should have a plus or minus of 2 percentage points.

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“The results of this survey demonstrate there is support for at least some new gun control measures, even if support for whole-scale reform is murkier,” said Kyle Dropp, Morning Consult’s co-founder and chief research officer.

“Sixty-four percent of voters, including 49 percent of Republicans, support stricter gun laws,” continued Dropp. “There are also individual proposals that receive even broader backing, such as 84 percent support for closing the gun show loophole.”

See complete results below:


The results of the poll were music to the ears of Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, who saw it as a way to attack the NRA’s pro-gun agenda.

“While Americans support strengthening our nation’s gun laws, the gun lobby and its friends in Congress are shamefully working to roll back gun silencer safety laws and gut state gun laws through ‘concealed carry reciprocity,’” said Watts in a press release.

“The gun lobby’s agenda is endangering our families and communities, and is completely out of touch with the priorities of the American people,” she added. “Members of Congress are elected to respond to constituents’ demands, not kowtow to lobbyists’ desires.”

It’s not surprising that after a national tragedy like Vegas more voters support stricter gun laws than oppose them.  We’ve seen this before, particularly after Newtown.

But as time passes after these events emotions cool and people become less reactionary.

Gallup has been studying this issue for decades.  Its polling suggests that more Americans are inclined to oppose stricter regulations today than compared to the early 90s.  See graph (above) for historic trend lines.

Similarly, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll published in September asked 1,200 people to pick between the following statements:

  • Statement A: The government will go too far in restricting the rights of citizens to own guns
  • Statement B: The government will not do enough to regulate access to firearms

Fifty percent picked statement “A” compared with 45 percent who chose statement “B.”  That same question was asked in 1995, with 35 percent of respondents picking statement “A” and 58 percent selecting statement “B.”

{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Richard Kennedy October 16, 2017, 1:12 pm

    Must be the same polling people that said Hillary would be the president.

  • Bobs yer uncle October 13, 2017, 6:06 pm

    I changed the Forest Gump line “life is like a box of chocolates” to “life is like a load of horse shit, you know yer gonna get it you just don’t know how much”.

  • Sepp W October 13, 2017, 12:07 pm

    Another poll from a liberal apparatchik. What was the targeted demographic sampling?
    ATF ruled these bump stocks don’t alter the mechanical fire control to the extent it converts the firearm into a machine gun.
    Many of these measures are already law.
    What gun show loophole? All firearms sales by a licensed firearms dealers are subject to federal law and procedures, including a background check. Private sellers are subject to Federal, state, and local laws and event host rules on selling firearms to individuals who are not otherwise prohibited from obtaining, possession, or owning a firearm. There are stiff penalties for transferring a weapon to someone not permitted to obtain or possess a firearm. Unfortunately, making that determination can be difficult if a criminal or psycho has took measures to conceal condition, use a fake identity, obtained through a straw purchase, or stolen.

  • Chris October 13, 2017, 11:55 am

    What a load of shit. They must have polled the DNC, TOTAL BULLSHIT

  • Cam October 13, 2017, 8:44 am

    Are these the same poling companies that showed Killary being the president with the Donald having a zero chance?
    I seriously doubt these numbers as well!

    Guess people will have to learn and practice bump firing like I did in the good old days before we had these “bump” stocks.
    Most people with an hour of range time can get it down reliably.

  • Blue Dog October 12, 2017, 8:13 pm

    Of course bump stocks should be banned! I am a gun owner and gun lover just like many of you but it offends and frankly scares me that there are replacement parts available over-the-counter and without a background check to turn weapons of war into otherwise illegal firearms. AR-15s, AK-47s and similar assault rifles should not be available for civilian ownership and are not covered by the second amendment, in the same way that the first amendment does not cover hate speech. Slower minds keep right, indeed!

    You can have your right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness but those rights end where my right to life, housing, health care and education begin. If these common sense gun safety measures save even one life, it will all be worth it for that greater security. It boggles my mind that some states allow private party transfers, especially on AR-15s!

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