Poll Finds Majority Supports No Guns in Schools

Stacy Bogard

By Stacy Bogard, CAE, MASB Assistant Director of Communications, PR & Marketing

DashBoard, Nov. 11, 2015

A statewide survey of 600 likely general election voters found that the majority opposes both open and concealed carry of guns in schools, colleges, universities, daycare centers or early childhood buildings. Individuals with a Concealed Pistol License should not be able to open carry their firearm in these buildings/campuses said 69% of respondents, while 57% said no to concealed carry.

Respondents were clearly opposed to open carry regardless of their background:

  • Democrats: 86%
  • Independents: 63%
  • Republicans: 55%
  • No guns in the home: 81%
  • Rifle owners: 60%
  • Handgun owners: 58%
  • Shotgun owners: 57%
  • National Rifle Association members: 52%
  • Have children: 70%

The opposition did lessen when it came to concealed carry.

  Oppose Favor
Democrats 77% 21%
Independents 55% 38%
Republicans 38% 57%
No guns in home 72% 26%
Rifle owners 47% 47%
Handgun owners 42% 51%
Shotgun owners 43% 51%
NRA members 27% 64%
Have children 60% 37%

But according to the press release from EPIC-MRA, "Taken together these and other survey results show that voters solidly oppose the underlying premise of a legislative proposal that presupposes public acceptance of firearms in schools by allowing people to conceal carry in exchange for banning people from openly carrying guns into schools." View the full press release here.

The legislation that would allow an individual with a CPL to request a special endorsement with no additional training to carry a concealed firearm into a no-carry zone, but prohibits open carry in these zones is currently before the full Senate. Senate Bill 442, introduced by Sen. Mike Green (R-Mayville), is being touted as a compromise to the existing open-carry issue.

While MASB supports removing the ability of a person to openly carry a firearm into a school as allowed under current law, this bill is not the answer as it would only hide the problem of having guns on campus. We ask you to contact your Senator and urge him/her to vote “no” on SB 442.

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