MIAAP Poll Shows Support for 'Red Flag' Gun Laws

A poll commissioned by the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MIAAP) shows voters, regardless of political affiliation, solidly support legislation enabling a court to order removal of a person's firearms if that person is deemed a danger to themselves or others.

The poll included questions on the content of House Bills 4706 and 4707, introduced by Representative Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park), which would allow judges to issue protective orders for individuals that law enforcement or family members say may be a potential threat, restricting such individuals from owning or buying firearms.

While Michigan's Republican-led legislature controls the fate of any gun-related bills, the EPIC-MRA poll released on March 14 showed 70% of those polled would support the red flag legislation, with 20% opposed and 10% undecided.

Broken down by political affiliation, 78% of Democrats, 67% of independents, and 64% of Republicans were in support of the proposed legislation.

A second poll question described two lines of thought on gun control: an emphasis on preventing individuals with a history of mental illness from gaining access to firearms, and enacting tougher firearms restrictions for everyone.

When those polled were asked which line of thought they agreed with, 37% said they supported preventing those with mental health issues from obtaining firearms, 35% supported stricter gun laws, 20% agreed with both, 6% agreed with neither, and 2% were undecided.

By political affiliation, 51% of Democrats polled preferred more stringent gun regulations and 53% of Republicans preferred addressing those with mental health issues. Among independents, 36% favored dealing with individuals with mental health issues and 31% favored additional gun restrictions.

The EPIC-MRA poll was conducted February 24-27 with 600 respondents with a margin of error of plus or minus 4%.

Source: Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health