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Half Think Releasing 3D-Printed Gun Instructions Will Increase Crime

Eight state attorneys general are fighting to stop the publication of blueprints for 3D-printed guns. Nearly half of voters think the availability of these plans will lead to an uptick in violent crime and a majority believes the United States, in general, needs stricter gun laws.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the availability of instructions for making 3D-printed guns will increase violent crime, while seven percent (7%) think it will decrease violent crime. Another 36% feel the release of the instructions will have no impact on violent crime. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on July 31-August 1, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on July 31-August 1, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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