A majority of independents and Republicans believe “red flag” gun laws will likely be abused by the government as the Senate works to clear a bipartisan package including such laws, a new poll reveals.
The Trafalgar Group and Convention of States Action conducted a survey and asked participants whether they believe “‘red flag’ gun control laws designed to temporarily take guns away from individuals has the potential to be abused by local authorities and government officials to disarm their political opponents and/or citizens who disagree with them?”
Among all the respondents, 46.7% said “yes” while 22.5% said they were unsure. Roughly 30% said “no.”
When broken down along political parties, 16.4% of Democrats said “yes,” 30.1% said “not sure” and 53.5% said “no.”
Republicans overwhelmingly thought the laws were open for abuse, with 72.2% saying “yes” and just 14.1% saying “no.” Independents similarly believed the laws have potential for abuse, with 52.3% responding “yes” and 24.3% saying “not sure.”
The survey was conducted between June 16 and June 19 amongst 1,084 respondents with a +/- 2.9% margin of error.
“Americans want real, workable solutions to the mass shootings we are seeing in this nation, but it’s obvious that they don’t see the proposed ‘red flag’ laws as the answer,” President of Con… (Read more)