Strong majority oppose proposed federal gun regulations - 201 participants, 763 responses

Jun 15, 2016

The deadly terrorist shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida prompted a new wave of support for gun control legislation among Democrats in Washington, D.C., including a move to block individuals on federal terrorist watch lists from purchasing firearms. Read more about this issue. On June 15, the LFDA decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH's congressional delegation support new federal gun regulations?”

“Should NH's congressional delegation support new federal gun regulations?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Federal Gun Restrictions NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 201 participants gave 763 responses

A total of 88% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 12% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 763 responses from 201 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: A strong majority, at 89% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were opposed to the proposed new federal gun regulations.

  • “People would be losing rights for crimes they haven't committed for being on a secret list that no one is allowed to see. How could that possibly be considered reasonable?”
  • “There's no due process behind the ‘terrorist watch list’ or the ‘no-fly list’… If the government has a case to make that a person should be deprived of rights, let it happen in the courts, on public record, in fair proceedings. Otherwise, it should not happen at all.”
  • “Leave it to the individual states and their voters if they think more infringement is needed.”

Yes:  The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 11%, supported the proposed new federal gun regulations.

  • “Expanded background checks and magazine limits aren't bad ideas.”
  • “Yes as long as it is common sense, responsible legislation.”
  • “If [the laws] make sense and will clarify existing rules to make them apply more uniformly, then yes.”

Other: As noted above, 12% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Questioning the specifics of the proposals: “Let’s see what is actually proposed before saying yea or nay.”
  • Discussing the status of current gun laws: “The trouble is that current gun-control laws are not being followed. There are incidences of people bypassing background checks, or passing when they legally shouldn't.”
  • Expressing concern about procedure: “It doesn’t sound unreasonable to prohibit people on a terrorist watchlist from purchasing firearms… but how many people are on the list and how did they get there? How do you get off the list?”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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