I wouldn’t read much into polls, because the one thing polls don’t tell you is where the passion for an issue is. ButÂ RasmussenÂ is at least a reputable poller, and polls show the public is wary of open carry.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 41% of Adults are at least somewhat concerned about their safety in the presence of those who have â€œconcealed carryâ€ gun permits. Fifty-eight percent (58%) donâ€™t share that concern.
But 47% oppose so-called â€œopen carryâ€ laws that would allow citizens to openly wear their guns in public. Forty-one percent (41%) favor laws. Several states are currently wrestling with this issue.
In households with a gun owner, support for â€œopen carryâ€ laws rises to 57%. In households where no gun is present, 62% oppose them.
Truth be told, I don’t think these poll numbers areÂ devastatingÂ to the cause of Open Carry, and we already know that the Brady folks haven’t had a lot of luck doing fundraising on twitter using the issue. Concealed carry once had poll numbers that were this low. That’s not to say I’m about to endorse open carry in all places and all circumstances, but 57% support among gun owners is better than I thought it would be. The big question is where the passion is, because that’s moreÂ indicativeÂ of how the struggle will play out politically. The polling doesn’t really matter, but it’s useful to at least get an approximate gauge of what people think.