Poll: Fifty-nine percent want TSA agents armed

A new poll released Friday by the conservative Reason Foundation found that 59 percent of Americans want the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) agents to carry guns.

The poll was taken after a shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport last month ignited a debate about arming TSA agents.


The poll found nearly two-thirds of both Republicans and Democrats both supported allowing TSA agents to carry guns.

Fifty-one percent of independents also supported the proposal, according to the poll.

The proposal was much less popular with libertarians, with 56 percent in opposition, the poll found.

The full Reason TSA poll can be read here.