American preferences for "smart" guns versus traditional weapons: Results from a nationwide survey

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This study examines Americans' preferences regarding smart guns. The study builds on prior research by including previously unexamined factors, specifically victimization and comfort sharing gun ownership status with a doctor. Further, this study examines differences in preference patterns among gun owners and non-owners. Data were obtained from a nationwide online survey with 524 respondents in February 2016. The study finds that, among non-owners, older respondents and those with pro-gun attitudes are less likely to prefer smart guns to traditional firearms. Among gun owners, those with moderate political views, those with a history of victimization, and those residing in the Northeast are all more likely to prefer smart guns. Males and those with pro-gun attitudes are less likely to prefer smart guns. Education, income, race, marital status, presence of children in the home, and comfort discussing gun ownership with a doctor had no significant association with smart gun preference. Practical implications of these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-16
Number of pages6
JournalPreventive Medicine Reports
Volume4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

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Crime Victims
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  • Health Informatics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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