ABC 6 News/Survey USA Results Show Local Views on Bump Stocks

March 05, 2018 11:23 PM

(ABC 6 News)—It has been nearly three weeks since the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida. The events have sparked a renewed conversation about gun control.

ABC 6 News conducted a SurveyUSA poll of 500 adults in southeastern Minnesota and northern Iowa asking about a variety of gun-related issues from bump stocks to background checks.


As part of the poll, we asked if people would support a nationwide ban on bump stocks, which can turn a semi-automatic weapon into a near-fully automatic one?

The results show 64 percent said yes, 20 percent said no and 16 percent were unsure.

Breaking it down by political parties, of the Republicans surveyed 59 percent support a ban, 78 percent of the Democrats surveyed said they would support it and 62 percent of those who identified themselves as independents support the ban.

Ralph Hettig, the owner of Wild Goose Sports Inc. in Rochester, said he won't sell bump stocks in his shop.  

"I don’t find any good use for them other than they are fun to shoot for some people. Actually, from a business standpoint, I should push them because they pump out lots of ammo," he said.

Another question we asked is if Congress does not ban bump stocks, should President Trump ban them through an executive order?

80 percent said yes, ten percent said no and ten percent were unsure.

Of the Republicans in support of the executive order, 72 percent are in support, 93 percent of Democrats would support the executive order and 77 percent of independents would support it.

We'll focus on the question of should "everyone" be subject to a background check, along with the rest of the survey results, as the week continues.


Marissa Collins

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