Vice-President Biden has submitted his proposals to President Obama for new gun laws and restrictions, and the president will reveal today which proposals he will pursue. Of course, this brings up the question of whether the public will accept or oppose the new laws. Yesterday I posted about a new Gallup Poll. That poll showed 43% want the guns laws to stay the same, while 38% wanted new gun laws (although the movement in the poll was toward new laws).
But that poll just asked about new laws in general, and did not specify what was being considered. I said at that time that I thought people were just afraid of buying a pig-in-a-poke by agreeing to new laws, and I thought the agreement would go up when specific laws were asked about. That view has been verified by a new Pew Research Center survey, taken between January 9th and 13th. When people are asked about specific proposals, the approval goes up -- sharply in some cases. Here are the results on 9 different specific proposals:
And surprisingly, many of these views cut across political lines. Huge majorities of Republicans even agreed that gun show and private gun sales should be required to have a background check, the dangerously mentally ill should not be allowed to purchase guns, and armed security or police should be put in schools -- and nearly half of Republicans agreed with the other proposals. Here is the breakdown by political persuasion:
And it looks like that support for some new gun laws extends to most gun owners also. Over at Think Progress, they have identified four gun safety laws that gun owners would support, and a fifth that gun owners are split down the middle on. Here are those five laws: