Poll: 60% of Americans Say Government Should Prohibit People from Printing 3D Guns

3D printers can create a
variety of items from plastic, including working guns. However,
the new Reason-Rupe
 finds six in 10 Americans say Americans should not be
allowed to print 3D guns. Thirty percent of Americans believe
people should be allowed to print 3D guns at home.

Majorities of Democrats, Republicans, and independents agree
that printing 3D guns should be prohibited. However, Democrats are
more unified in their opposition with 67 percent who favor
prohibiting 3D printed guns compared to 52 percent of non-partisan
independents and 55 percent of Republicans. Twenty-five percent of
Democrats and a third of non-partisan independents and Republicans
think people should be allowed to print their own functioning 3D

Even 50 percent of self-described Tea Party supporters think the
government should prohibit people from printing working 3D guns,
while 37 percent say the government should allow this activity. At
the same time, Regular Republicans who don’t identify with the tea
party movement are slightly more likely to favor banning 3D printed
guns 61 percent to 31 percent.

While majorities of all age groups oppose people making their
own 3D guns, young Americans are more likely to think it should be
allowed than older Americans by a margin of 37 percent to 22

Nationwide telephone poll conducted Dec 4-8 2013 interviewed
1011 adults on both mobile (506) and landline (505) phones, with a
margin of error +/- 3.7%. Princeton Survey Research Associates
International executed the nationwide Reason-Rupe survey. Columns
may not add up to 100% due to rounding. Full poll results,
detailed tables, and methodology found here. Sign
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poll here.

from Hit & Run http://reason.com/blog/2013/12/12/poll-60-of-americans-say-government-sho2

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