Column: Gun owners support a wide range of gun control measures, Johns Hopkins study finds

Column: Gun owners support a wide range of gun control measures, Johns Hopkins study finds

FILE – This June 27, 2013 file photo shows a rack of rifles at Firing-Line gun store in Aurora, Colo. A new survey by the Pew Research Center shows Americans have grown more divided over gun issues. The survey of adults showed about half favor gun-control measures while about half support preserving gun rights. The results underscore the divide in the United States along political, racial, gender and geographic lines. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski) Americans are in agreement on a large number of gun policy proposals regardless of whether they own guns, according to a new study in the American Journal of Public Health. More than 80 percent of gun owners and non-owners favor universal background checks, for instance. Similar percentages say they support testing requirements for people wishing to obtain a concealed-carry permit. Gun violence restraining orders, which allow family members to ask authorities to remove guns from people at risk of harming themselves or others, are also highly popular. The study was conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and is drawn from a nationally representative 2017 survey that interviewed 602 gun owners and 1,522 non-owners. "Widespread claims that a chasm separates gun owners from non-gun owners in their support for gun safety policies distracts attention from many areas of genuine agreement — areas that can lead to policy solutions and result in the prevention of gun violence," lead author Colleen Barry said in a statement. The study found that more than 60 percent of gun owners said […]

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