Polling on Locking Devices

Posted on May 18, 2012

Eighty-five percent of Americans support requiring safety locks or trigger guards to be included with all new handgun purchases.1

Nearly the same percentage of Americans – 84% – favor requiring gun manufacturers to integrate child safety locks into the design of all handguns sold in the United States.2

A large majority of Americans – 89% (including 85% gun owners) – support requiring child safety locks to be sold with all new handguns.3

A national study of police chiefs’ support for firearm regulations found that 82% of respondents support trigger locks on all new handguns sold.4

A 1999 ABC News/Washington Post poll found that 79% of respondents support a law requiring trigger locks on all stored guns.5

  1. Gallup/CNN/USA Today Poll (June 11-13, 1999), available at http://pollingreport.com/guns2.htm. []
  2. CBS News/New York Times Poll (May 10-13, 2000), available at http://pollingreport.com/guns2.htm. []
  3. Princeton Survey Research Associates Poll for Newsweek (August 12-13, 1999), available at http://pollingreport.com/guns2.htm. []
  4. Amy Thompson et al., Police Chiefs’ Perceptions of the Regulation of Firearms, 30 Am. J. Prev. Med. 305, 309 (2006), at http://download.journals.elsevierhealth.com/pdfs/journals/0749-3797/PIIS0749379705005179.pdf. []
  5. ABC News/Washington Post Poll (Aug. 30 – Sept. 2, 1999), available at http://pollingreport.com/guns2.htm. []