Rasmussen: 47 Percent of Country Opposes ‘Open Carry’ of Firearms

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Friday, May 14, 2010 at 11:19 am

Our recent post on a new poll indicating that more that 52 percent of the country is opposed to allowing the open carry of loaded guns in public has left some readers questioning the integrity of the findings. The survey, some note, was commissioned by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence (which itself is adamantly opposed to open carry), and it was conducted by Lake Research Partners, a Democratic polling firm.

“This just in — a poll conducted on a handful of Cubans by The Castro polling group finds that democracy is bad,” one commenter wrote.

Fair enough.

Yesterday, Rasmussen — a conservative polling shop — released the results of a similar survey. Strangely enough, they came up with similar numbers.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 41% of Adults are at least somewhat concerned about their safety in the presence of those who have “concealed carry” gun permits. Fifty-eight percent (58%) don’t share that concern.

But 47% oppose so-called “open carry” laws that would allow citizens to openly wear their guns in public. Forty-one percent (41%) favor laws. Several states are currently wrestling with this issue.

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Comment posted May 14, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

I can't think of many people who wan to open carry that would have the judgement that I would trust to open carry, frankly


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Comment posted May 14, 2010 @ 9:20 pm

For every stereotypical “armed hero saves family/home/kitten stuck in a tree,” there's a Plaxico Burress posing a real danger to themselves and the rest of us.


Real American
Comment posted May 15, 2010 @ 8:20 am

I suppose because of that we oughta do away millions of people's rights because of the action of a single person?

Thank god there was only a single carry accident among the ten's of thousands of Americans who AREN'T idiots and shoot themselves in the foot.

By that logic, I'd say open carry is pretty safe in the hands of sane people, don't u think?


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Comment posted May 15, 2010 @ 9:53 am

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Comment posted May 16, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

By that logic, I'd say open carry is pretty safe in the hands of sane people, don't u think?


Chas
Comment posted May 16, 2010 @ 5:20 pm

What does that mean “somewhat concerned”, what were the other options? I am somewhat concerned when I walk across the street. What a totally meaningless statement if we don't know what the rest of the responses.


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