Poll: 75 percent of Americans have right to own guns

As both gun control advocates and sportsmen were coming to the White House last week to meet with the panel chaired by Vice President Biden and charged with recommending fresh gun ownership policies, a just-completed Rasmussen Poll of voters nationwide demonstrated that enacting such laws might be more difficult than it now seems.

According to the survey, an overwhelming 74 percent of American voters believe that the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of an average citizen to own a gun while only 17 percent disagree and 9 percent are undecided.

The same survey showed that 55 percent of American voters support a ban on the purchase of semi-automatic and assault weapons and 36 percent oppose such a ban. Rasmussen also showed that 46 percent of voters see the federal government as a threat to individual rights and 45 percent see it as a protector of those rights.