Narrator: This is Science Today. A recent study found ninety-five percent of the population are in favor of denying gun purchases to those with a misdemeanor crime record. Dr. Garen Wintemute, a professor of epidemiology at the University of California, Davis, conducted the study and says it's important to note gun owners themselves were polled, too.
Wintemute: I've heard lots of response to the study from people who say >this isn't warranted - you're clearly interested in extending this denial of gun purchase far beyond any reasonable limit'. And to such people I would say, well look at what gun owners say - most gun owners say that even for misdemeanors that don't involve guns and don't involve violence like shoplifting, people should not be allowed to buy guns.
Narrator: In another study, gunowners with previous misdemeanor crime records were seven times more likely to commit another crime than those who had clean records.
Wintemute: A majority of gun owners, let alone of the general public, appear to believe that we should expand our criteria for denial of gun purchase to include not just felons as we do already, but at least some people who are convicted of misdemeanors.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.