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Epic-MRA poll results: Michigan gun control

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A statewide poll indicates that a majority of Michigan voters support gun safety proposals.

Lansing-based EPIC-MRA recently conducted a statewide poll surveying 600 registered Michigan voters with 70% of them reached by cell phone. The topic; gun safety laws and curbing gun violence. Two-thirds of respondents supported stricter gun safety laws. The survey identified 13 gun safety proposals with a majority of Democrats, Republicans, Independents, gun owners, CPL license holders and NRA members supported eight of the 13 measures.

Majorities from all group support firearm sales background checks including gun shows and private sales. A three-day waiting period after a gun has been purchased before final possession. Criminal penalties for anyone purchasing a gun for someone else. Preventing sales to people reported to law enforcement as dangerous to themselves or others. A court-issued “extreme risk protection order” is also supported. Respondents also favor increasing the state’s gun ownership age from 18 to 21 and that includes assault-style weapons. Finally, a child access prevention law holding gun owners responsible for firearm storage.

A ninth proposal banning guns from schools and college campuses, with the exception of law enforcement, is narrowly opposed by NRA members surveyed.

Overall, 49% said addressing gun violence was most important while 41% said it was more important to protect gun ownership right.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.
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