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

May 14, 2010 | Last updated: July 31, 2020

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.