Assault weapons

It's your call

January 28, 1991

Although Gov. William Donald Schaefer has proposed legislation that would ban the sale of new assault rifles and require people who already own assault weapons to register them, callers to The Evening Sun oppose the plan.

Of 1,714 callers to SUNDIAL Friday, 1,264 (74 percent) said they did not support a ban on assault weapons, while 450 callers (26 percent) said they did. Of 1,718 respondents, 1,238 (72 percent) said they did not think people who already own assault weapons should be required to register such weapons, while 480 (28 percent) said they believed registration should be required.

Of 1,721 callers, 1,057 (61 percent) said they did not think adults should be penalized if their guns are used by children, while 664 (39 percent) said they supported penalties for adults whose guns are used by children.

"It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as would be done in a scientific public opinion poll.

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