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Do you think there should or should not be a law that would ban the possession of handguns, except by the police and other authorized persons?

 Should beShould not be
1990 41% 55%
1991 43% 53%
1993 39% 60%
1999 38% 59%
2000 36% 62%
2002 32% 65%
2003 32% 67%
2004 36% 63%
2005 35% 64%
2006 32% 66%
2007 30% 68%
2008 29% 69%
2009 28% 71%
2010 29% 69%
2011 26% 73%
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This statistic shows the opinion of Americans on whether there should or should not be a law that would ban the possession of handguns, except by the police and other authorized persons. The survey was conducted from 1990 to 2011. In 1990, about 41 percent of surveyed Americans felt that there should be a law that would ban the private possession of handguns. This amount decreased to 26 percent in 2011.

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