A majority of Americans (59%) say they would oppose a law that banned the sale of handguns. This number is up substantially from the 1990′s, when it was quite chic to be against the personal ownership of handguns.
Public attitudes (according to www.pewresearch.org/pubs/835/handgun-ban) are divided along political, gender, and racial lines. 73% of Republicans oppose a ban on handgun sales, which is a view shared by 59% of Independents and 50% of Democrats.
More men than women are opposed to the banning of handgun sales (65% vs. 53%) and more whites than blacks (61% vs. 49%) oppose a ban.