This summer, the North Carolina legislature expanded the places that people with concealed-carry weapon permits could go. It moved quickly through the GOP-dominated General Assembly and was signed by the Republican governor.
But North Carolina residents are not in lock-step with their representatives on this one.
When asked if there should be more legal restrictions on handguns in society, 51 percent agreed and 45 percent disagreed. Democrats, women and African Americans favor more restrictions. All age groups except for 31-40 do, too.
When asked if people with concealed-carry permits should be allowed to carry guns in parks, 53 percent said no and 44 percent said yes. As with the previous question, Democrats, women and African Americans are against allowing guns in parks.
When asked if people with concealed-carry permits should be allowed to carry guns in bars, 73 percent said no and 23 percent said yes. Every demographic group is against allowing guns in bars.
Will anything come of this opposition? Not likely. This isn’t the first time that North Carolinians have told the Elon University Poll that they oppose loosening gun laws.
— John Robinson