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Most Americans Don’t Believe Cities Can Prevent Citizens From Owning Handguns
March 6, 2010
A new Rasmussen Reports survey released Friday showed that most Americans do not believe that city governments have the right to prevent citizens from owning handguns.
According to the survey, 69% of Americans do not believe cities can prevent citizens from owning handguns. Only 25% believe that cities do have such a right.
The survey comes as the Supreme Court is wrestling with a major case questioning whether Chicago’s handgun ban violates the Second Amendment.
The high number stems from the fact that the survey found that 70% of Americans believe that the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of an average citizen to own a gun.
In terms of gun control, the numbers were more mixed. The survey found that 42% of Americans favor stricter gun control laws, while 49% said that stricter laws are not needed.
Among Democrats, 65% said that they are in favor of stricter gun control laws, while 65% of Republicans said that stricter laws are not needed. Among Independents, 52% said stricter laws are not needed.
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