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38% Favor Their State Blocking Federal Anti-Gun Laws

Monday, May 06, 2013

Kansas is the latest state to challenge the constitutionality of federal anti-gun laws. Voters are closely divided over whether states or the feds should be most responsible for setting gun laws and over whether states should be able to overrule federal laws they disagree with.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 40% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the federal government should be chiefly responsible for setting policies about gun ownership. Forty-nine percent (49%) think it should be a state or local issue. That includes (34%) who think state governments should determine gun ownership rules and 15% who think local governments should have that responsibility. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 3-4, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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