America’s gun owners have a message for Creepy Uncle Joe Biden: We don’t want your paws on our guns any more than all the women he’s met wanted his paws on their bodies. In a recent poll run by the NSSF ,(National Shooting Sports Foundation), likely voters in 18 battleground states overwhelmingly said that yes, “gun control” is indeed very important to them this election…and by that, they mean using both hands. It’s a message that Washington–and the politicians on both sides of the aisle competing for our votes in 2020–should listen to carefully.
The first thing NSSF learned is that COVID-19 or not, voters intend to go to the polls this November. A full 94 percent surveyed are very likely to vote. Nearly three quarters responded they would be more likely to support a political candidate that supported true firearm safety programs. Nearly 60 percent believe a ban on semiautomatic Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs) would not reduce crime in their community. More than half said law-abiding citizens should be able to choose the type of firearm and amount of legal ammunition for lawful use.
More than half believe self-defense is the most important reason to own a gun. Nearly half surveyed said magazine capacity limits for self-defense would have no effect on crime. On the other hand, 41% said enforcing existing laws would have an immediate impact on reducing criminal misuse of firearms.
The survey results can be found here, at NSSF’s website, but there shouldn’t be any surprises here. As we’ve noted many times here on Guns & Gadgets Daily and our sister site Freedom’s Lodge, there’s only one thing that can effectively persuade an anti-gunner to rethink gun rights. That thing is real, hands-on experience with a firearm. And as of right now, more Americans are getting real hands-on experience with a gun than ever before.
“The survey results are informative to both policy makers and the firearm industry. The results tell us Americans want their right to purchase the firearm of their choice, especially when it comes to their personal safety,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “These results also tell us that enforcing existing laws is a better use of public resources than efforts to restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens.”
NSSF reported in December 2019 that more than 423 million firearms are in civilian ownership, according to data reported in the ATF’s Firearms Commerce Report in the United States 2019 report and including the preliminary 2018 Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Exportation Report (AFMER) figures and industry estimates. Approximately 17.7 million Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs) were produced in the United States or imported between 1990-2017. The MSR is the most-popular selling centerfire rifle in America, accounting for nearly half of rifles produced.
Since January 2020, more than 10.3 million background checks have been conducted for the sale of a firearm and NSSF retailer surveys showed that between March and May, 2.5 million were first-time gun buyers.