County Survey Finds Support for Gun Control, Concerns About Mass Shooting at Schools

County Survey Finds Support for Gun Control, Concerns About Mass Shooting at Schools

A survey of 663 Anne Arundel County residents conducted March 23-29 by the Center for the Study of Local Issues (CSLI) at Anne Arundel Community College found that 61 percent of the residents had a “fear that a mass shooting might occur in a school near you.” Respondents were inclined to support many gun control measures such as federal bans on high capacity gun magazines (74 percent favored); a national ban on assault style weapons (70 percent); mandatory background checks for all gun sales (96 percent), and “national testing for knowledge and proficiency in gun use prior to purchase (82 percent). They were generally favorable to “passing more gun control restrictions by Congress” (66 percent). A majority (58 percent) favored a requirement that gun owners acquire liability insurance. Regarding school-based measures, the public agreed with the use of metal detectors “at all Maryland public schools” (69 percent) as well […]

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