Survey USA: Should Gun Buyers Be Required Background Checks?

March 13, 2018 12:32 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- A significant majority of people across southern Minnesota and northern Iowa believe criminal background checks should be required for everyone who wants to purchase a gun, according to a recent ABC 6 News/Survey USA poll.

The poll asked 500 people across the ABC 6 viewing area if background checks should be required for gun buyers. The vast majority -- 87 percent-- said yes, while nine percent said no and four percent weren't sure.


When separated by gender, 81 percent of men said background checks should be required, while 93 percent of women agreed. Fourteen percent of men said they should not be required, while five percent said they were unsure; those numbers are five percent and two percent respectively from female participants.

While many other questions showed a significant divide among those of different political parties, 85 percent of Republicans, 90 percent of Democrats and 86 percent of independents said background checks should be required.

"I think what we have right now, you have different requirements for getting a gun depending on how you get said gun, so at the very least we need to decide what requirements there are to get a gun and everybody needs to meet those requirements no matter how you're getting it," Kyle Krueger, who visited downtown Austin Sunday, told ABC 6 News.

Krueger, who said he owns a gun himself and enjoys hunting, said he'd like to see better background checks conducted to help prevent some of the mass shootings that have taken place in recent months.

"I don't think that gun background checks are mutually exclusive with the Second Amendment rights that we hold," he said.

Austin resident Matt Klein said he doesn't expect background checks alone to solve some of the gun issues plaguing the country. He said he'd like to see more resources devoted toward mental health treatment.

"If there's something on paper saying this individual is unbalanced in any way, shape or form as far as the cops are concerned then yeah, (they should) get passed up for buying a gun at that time," Klein said.

The survey was conducted by Survey USA in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, which left 17 people dead. The independent, non-partisan company used landline and cell phone calls to ask people questions about gun control.

View our previous coverage on other topics covered in the survey, including:


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