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?

U.S. public opinion on a law that bans private handgun possession 1990-2017 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 2017. In 1990, about 41 percent of surveyed Americans felt that there should be a law that would ban the private possession of handguns. In 2017, only 28 percent felt the same way.
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Should beShould not be
199041%55%
199143%53%
199339%60%
199938%59%
200036%62%
200232%65%
200332%67%
200436%63%
200535%64%
200632%66%
200730%68%
200829%69%
200928%71%
201029%69%
201126%73%
201224%74%
201325%74%
201426%73%
201527%72%
201623%76%
201728%71%
Should beShould not be
199041%55%
199143%53%
199339%60%
199938%59%
200036%62%
200232%65%
200332%67%
200436%63%
200535%64%
200632%66%
200730%68%
200829%69%
200928%71%
201029%69%
201126%73%
201224%74%
201325%74%
201426%73%
201527%72%
201623%76%
201728%71%
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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 2017. In 1990, about 41 percent of surveyed Americans felt that there should be a law that would ban the private possession of handguns. In 2017, only 28 percent felt the same way.
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Release date
October 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
1990 to 2017
Number of respondents
About 1,000 each poll
Age group
18 years and older
Method of interview
Telephone interview
Supplementary notes
The missing percentage points to 100 percent are due to the possible answer "No opinion" which is not depicted here.

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