Americans divided on right to bear arms and future sale of assault weapons, new poll shows

A new poll by Monmouth University found about half of Americans believe the right to possess weapons is important but that there should be some restrictions.

Lanette Espy

Apr 26, 2023, 12:38 PM

Updated 452 days ago

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A new poll by Monmouth University shows that one in three Americans say the right to bear arms or the second amendment should never be limited.
About half of Americans polled believe the right to possess weapons is important but there should be some restrictions. This leaves about 12% of people who feel it would be better to put an end to that right completely.
The public is currently divided over a ban on the future sale of assault weapons – 46% support this and 49% are opposed. Last year, a majority 55% favored such a ban while 42% stood in opposition.
“Despite continued incidents of mass shootings, public support for banning assault weapons has dipped. It’s not clear why, since support for some other gun measures remains widespread,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
The Monmouth University Poll also finds that half of the country believes the frequency of mass shootings will increase over the next five years.


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