A recent poll found wide support for the specific provisions of the NY SAFE Act among New York State voters, including upstate and downstate residents as well as gun owners. The poll was commissioned by NYAGV and conducted in April by Kiley & Company, an independent opinion research firm.

SAFE Act provisions slide-color Even gun owners support most provisions of the NY SAFE Act. (Click image to enlarge.)

While voters support the SAFE Act by almost a 2-to-1 majority (61% vs. 31%), support was even greater on specific provisions of the law:

  • An overwhelming majority of voters (89%) support background checks on all gun sales.
  • Also by an overwhelming majority (81%), voters support revoking pistol permits for anyone with an order of protection against them.
  • Over three quarters of voters (79%) approve of five-year renewable pistol permits.
  • Three quarters (75%) of voters support the stronger ban on military-style assault weapons.
  • Requiring background checks on ammunition sales is supported by 72% of voters.
  • Over two-thirds (68%) of voters support limiting ammunition magazines to seven bullets.

Upstate Voters Support All Six Provisions of the SAFE Act

While more upstate voters said they oppose the Act (48%) than support it (44%), these same voters support all six of the Act’s provisions: background checks on all gun sales (81%); revoking pistol permits for persons with protection orders against them (78%); five-year pistol permit renewals (66%); the stronger ban on assault weapons (67%); background checks on ammunition sales (56%); and limits on high-capacity magazines (52%).

Even Gun Owners Support Most SAFE Act Provisions

Although gun owners said they oppose the SAFE Act, with 67% against it and 24% in favor of it, these same voters support four of the six provisions of the Act. They support background checks on all gun sales (80%); revoking pistol permits for persons with protection orders against them (76%); five-year pistol permit renewals (53%); and the stronger ban on assault weapons (60%).

“Even with the corporate gun lobby’s relentless attacks and misrepresentation of the SAFE Act, voters understand that the law is reasonable, keeps guns out of dangerous hands, and does not trample on any law-abiding person’s right to own a gun,” said Barrett.

“This survey confirms yet again that New Yorkers strongly support our state’s smart gun laws,” said Leah Gunn Barrett, NYAGV Executive Director. “Voters realize that the provisions of the SAFE Act—including universal background checks, renewable pistol permits, a stronger assault weapons ban and protections for victims of domestic violence–are common sense measures designed to keep guns out of the wrong hands,” she added.

The Kiley & Company phone survey questioned 604 registered voters in New York State between April 14 and 16. The survey data was statistically adjusted by age, region and race to ensure representativeness.

Details of Survey Results