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This research investigates the role of race and racism in who White Americans perceive gun rights to be for and how support for gun rights can be influenced by simply learning about Black Americans increasingly using their legal rights to guns. Across three studies with over 850 participants total, we found that White Americans who expressed high levels of anti-Black sentiment more strongly associated gun rights with White people (and gun control with Black Americans). And importantly, this group of White Americans were also less supportive of the right to concealable carry if Black people were described as legally obtaining concealed carry permits at a faster rate than White people.
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This page is a summary of: When an irresistible prejudice meets immovable politics: Black legal gun ownership undermines racially resentful White Americans’ gun rights advocacy., Journal of Experimental Psychology General, August 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/xge0001275.
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