If a law was passed requiring all gun owners to turn their weapons over to the government as part of a mandatory buyback, just 29% of gun owners say it is even somewhat likely they would comply with the law. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 61% would be unlikely to comply. Another 10% are unsure or unwilling to state an opinion.
Those totals included just 16% would be Very Likely to comply while 41% are Not at All Likely to do so. In evaluating these responses, it must be remembered that some people may be reluctant to admit they would violate a law. Many gun owners believe that any such law would be unconstitutional, a fact that was not addressed in the survey.
We also asked respondents with family members who own a gun how their relatives would respond. Twelve percent (12%) thought they would be Very Likely to comply and 16% said Somewhat Likely.
Thirty-six percent (36%) of all voters support a proposal for a mandatory buyback of all privately owned guns in America. Fifty-five percent (55%) are opposed. However, only 16% consider even somewhat likely that most gun owners would comply with such a law.
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Data released earlier shows that about half of all voters support a mandatory government buy back of semi-automatic weapons. However, just 24% think it is even somewhat likely that most gun owners would comply.
Ignorance about the number of semi-automatic weapons is far from the only public misunderstanding when it comes to guns. Just 11% recognize that most gun deaths in the United States are the result of suicide.
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The national survey of 1,002 Registered Voters was conducted September 17-18, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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