The Washington Free Beacon- Poll: Wide Majority Oppose Suits Against Gun Makers

by Stephen Gutowski | April 26, 2016
A new poll shows that more than 70 percent of Americans support keeping legal protections for gun makers and dealers whose products are used in crimes.

A new poll shows that more than 70 percent of Americans support keeping legal protections for gun makers and dealers whose products are used in crimes.

The poll, conducted in mid-April by Harper Polling and released by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, found that a wide majority supports the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act and the legal protections it provides to the gun industry. When asked whether protections “should be kept and we should punish the criminals who commit these acts not the law-abiding manufacturers and retailers of lawful products which get misused,” or if it “should be repealed because the current protection enables manufacturers and retailers to sell guns to people who shouldn’t have them, because they know they cannot be sued and don’t face any consequences,” 72 percent said the law should be kept. Twenty-six percent favored the law’s repeal. Another 4 percent were not sure.

The NSSF said the poll was conducted among 1,000 registered voters from across the country. The poll also found that majority support for the PLCAA was consistent across the Northeast, South, West, and Midwest. Fifty-six percent of non-gun-owners supported the law. Fifty-three percent of those who voted for President Obama in the last election also supported it.
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Harper Polling