Fifty-one percent (51%) of voters at least somewhat favor a mandatory buyback of all semi-automatic weapons. A ScottRasmussen.com nation survey found that 36% are opposed and 13% not sure.
Seventy percent of Democrats favor the idea while 53% of Republicans are opposed. Independent voters are evenly divided–43% in favor and 40% opposed.
However, if such a law was passed, just 24% of all voters think it is even somewhat likely that most owners of those weapons would actually turn their weapons over to the government. Only 9% consider that outcome Very Likely.
Democratic Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke recently proposed a mandatory buyback plan. He suggested the owners “would gladly sell [their weapon] back or destroy it, all of them seem like they would follow the law.”
Thirty-five percent (35%) of adults under 35 think most would be at least somewhat likely to comply with the law. That falls to 10% among senior citizens. Seventy-six percent (76%) of Republicans consider it unlikely, a view shared by 70% of Independent voters and 67% of Democrats (see crosstab results).
The survey also found that 36% are at least somewhat supportive of a mandatory buyback of all privately owned guns. Fifty-five percent (55%) are opposed. As to that plan, just 16% believe most gun owners would comply.
Among gun owners themselves, 16% said they would be Very Likely to comply with that law. Another 13% would be Somewhat Likely to do so. Sixty-one percent (61%) would be unlikely to turn in their guns. It is important to note that some respondents may have been reluctant to admit their willingness to violate a law.
Family members of gun owners offered similar responses. Twenty-eight percent (28%) thought the gun owners would be at least somewhat likely to turn over their weapon while 58% considered it unlikely.
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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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