(see Table 1, page 31). A little more than half of both
groups expressed the belief that personal firearm
ownership is beneficial and an important liberty or a
constitutional right. Conversely, about a third of both
groups expressed the belief that personal ownership of
firearms is harmful, and generally or critically limits
personal liberty. Approximately 15 percent of both
groups had no strong opinion either way.
B/G members were asked what level of priority the
ACS should give to preventing firearm-related injuries.
As depicted in Figure 1, this page, 77 percent of the Governors indicated that the ACS should make preventing
firearm-related injuries the highest or a high priority,
whereas 88 percent of the COT survey respondents
said that reducing firearm injury should be a high or
the highest priority of the ACS.
ACS Advocacy and Health Policy efforts
Respondents to both the B/G and COT member surveys were asked to rate their opinion on whether the
ACS should initiate efforts to advocate or support legislation in seven specific areas related to firearm injury
1. Mandatory background checks and license/permit for
all firearm purchases, including those from authorized
dealers, gun shows, or private sellers
2. Measures to prevent people with mental illness from
3. Efforts to increase penalties for purchasers who provide guns to individuals illegally (straw purchasers)
and dealers who sell firearms through illegal means
or who bypass background checks
4. Preserve the right of physicians and health care providers to counsel their patients or the parents of their
patients on safe firearm ownership
5. Identify and implement evidence-based injury prevention programs that decrease firearm injuries (in
partnership with other professional organizations or
6. Limit civilian access to ammunition designed for military or law enforcement use (that is, armor piercing,
large magazine capacity)
7. Advocate for research funding to better understand
gun violence and how to prevent it
Table 2, page 33, presents a direct comparison of
responses from B/G and COT members to these seven
initiatives, without respect to firearms in the home.
The level of “strongly support or support” ranges from
74 to 93 percent among B/G participants and between
76 and 93 percent of COT survey participants.
The responses from the ACS Governors and the COT
members were statistically different in two key areas.
These two questions concerned preserving the right
of physicians to counsel patients or families on firearm
LEVEL OF PRIORITY THE ACS SHOULD GIVE
TO REDUCING GUN-RELATED INJURIES