Georgia has seen its share of policy fights over guns the past several years, from a successful effort to expand the places legally carried became law in 2014, to legislation Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed this year to add college campuses to that list of places.
So, it should come as little surprise that Georgians remain torn over other issues related to guns.
A new poll The Atlanta Journal-Constitution released this week found Georgians split on whether the U.S. should ban the sale of assault weapons, with 48 percent favoring and 47 percent opposing. Five percent said they didn’t know.
There is more support, however, for legal possession of firearms for personal defense. Fifty-seven percent of poll respondents said we should encourage more people to legally carry guns.
When linked to terrorism, however, Georgians have stronger feelings about limiting access to weapons. A whopping 75 percent of the poll’s respondents support blocking people from buying guns if they appear on an FBI list of people with possible connections to terrorism.