Those are the key findings of a new Monmouth University Poll released Monday.
While 56% of overall voters opposed future so-called ‘assault weapon’ sales, only 43% support mandatory confiscation; a full 60% of independents opposed the plan.
“An assault weapons sales ban has majority support but there are deep pockets of opposition among gun-owning Americans,” explained polling director Patrick Murray. “There is even greater opposition to programs that would try to take these weapons out of the hands of people who already own them,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
Meanwhile, 75% (including a slimmer but still strong majority of NRA members and Republicans) back so-called ‘red flag’ laws which would allow the police or family members to petition the court for the seizure of an allegedly dangerous individual’s weapons.