(Undated.) - A new poll suggests that 89 percent of Hoosiers want background checks for all gun buyers.
The poll was recently conducted by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The poll – conducted January 26 through 28 – asked 785 Indiana residents how they felt about gun purchasing laws.
The margin of error was +/- 3.5 percent.
Licensed gun dealers must conduct background checks on buyers, but about 40 percent of gun transfers are conducted by unlicensed private sellers who are not required to do a check.
“That 89 percent of Indiana residents want every gun buyer to pass a criminal background check speaks volumes about the changing public mood on guns,” said Doug Schoen, who conducted the poll.
“This margin is unlike any I’ve seen on this issue, and it marks a real sea change. Voters want their elected officials to fight gun violence, and after Newtown, they’re demanding it.”