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Should every person purchasing a gun be required to pass a criminal and public safety background check?

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Last answered 2 months ago

Universal Background Checks for Gun Purchases Poll Results for Democrats

Yes

4,223,797 votes

99%

No

59,245 votes

1%

Distribution of answers submitted by Democrats.

2 Yes answers
2 No answers
0 overlapping answers

Data includes total votes submitted by visitors since Jun 22, 2014. For users that answer more than once (yes we know), only their most recent answer is counted in the total results. Total percentages may not add up to exactly 100% as we allow users to submit "grey area" stances that may not be categorized into yes/no stances.

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Data based on unique submissions (duplicates or multiple submissions are eliminated) per user using a 30-day moving average to reduce daily variance from traffic sources. Totals may not add up to exactly 100% as we allow users to submit "grey area" stances that may not be categorized into yes/no stances.

Learn more about Universal Background Checks for Gun Purchases

Universal background checks require individuals to pass a criminal and public safety background check before purchasing a firearm. The background check consists of the firearm retailer calling a toll-free number or website (National Instant Criminal Background Check System or NICS) to check the eligibility of the buyer. The NICS system is a composite of several FBI databases, such as the National Crime Information Center, and runs the buyer's name through federal and state criminal records. Individuals can also be added to the NICS system on the recommendation of psychiatrists, mental health institutions and family members. Under the current NICS system, buyers may be denied the purchase of a firearm for reasons such as being indicted or convicted of a felony, admitting to being addicted to a controlled substance, having been dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces, being subject to a restraining order, as well as other regulations. Currently, around 2% of gun background checks are denied.  See recent background check news

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