The majority of people are still for background checks at gun shows and for private sales (there are none now in many places). I am not convinced that preventing “mentally ill” people from buying guns would make much difference, overall. It is not possible to predict who will kill themselves or become violent. On the other hand, I am not thrilled about so many people owning guns in the first place.
Continued Bipartisan Support for Expanded Background Checks on Gun SalesMore Polarized Views of the NRA’s InfluenceTwo years after the failure of Senate legislation to expand background checks on gun purchases, the public continues to overwhelmingly support making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks. Currently, 85% of Americans – including large majorities of Democrats (88%) and Republicans (79%) – favor expanded background checks, little changed from May 2013 (81%).