Polling on Waiting Periods

Posted on May 18, 2012

A poll conducted shortly after the 2008 presidential election found that 65% of voters, including 64% of gun owners, support a five-day waiting period for handgun sales.1

Another 2008 poll found that Americans strongly favor a waiting period prior to the delivery of a purchased firearm (86% favor this policy, while only 14% oppose).2

A 2001 poll found that 73% of Americans support a five-day waiting period.3

  1. Penn, Schoen, & Berland Associates, Inc. for Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Post-Election Analysis: Sensible Gun Laws Builds Bridges not Burns Them to Moderates, McCain, and Even Gun Owners in Post-Heller World (Nov. 18, 2008), available at: http://www.bradycampaign.org/xshare/pdf/memo-11-18-08.pdf. []
  2. CNN/Opinion Research Corp. Poll, Most Americans Say the Constitution Guarantees the Right to Own a Gun, Latest CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll Shows (June 28, 2008), available at http://www.opinionresearch.com/fileSave/CNNPR_Gun_6_28_2008.pdf. []
  3. Tom W. Smith, National Opinion Research Center (NORC)/University of Chicago, Public Attitudes Towards the Regulation of Firearms (Mar. 2007) (discussing the results of the 2001 “National Gun Policy Survey” conducted by NORC/University of Chicago), at http://www.icpgv.org/pdf/NORCPoll.pdf. []