Mayors Against Guns Poll: 85% of Missouri Voters Want Broader Gun Background Checks
March 5, 2013

A survey says 85% of Missourians favor increasing background checks before any individual can buy a gun.
The report is in a poll sponsored by the Mayors Against Illegal Guns organization.
The poll for the group was conducted by the Schoen LLC firm. It says it sampled 600 Missouri voters on February 18-21. It claims a margin of error of 4%.

“That 85 percent of Missouri residents want every gun buyer to pass a criminal background check speaks volumes about the changing public mood on guns,” said pollster Doug Schoen, said in a news release.
14 states already require background checks for all gun sales.
Among the poll’s findings:
• In 2010, the rate of women murdered by an intimate partner with a gun was 38 percent lower than in other states – and 43 percent lower than in Missouri – while the number murdered by other means was nearly identical.
• The firearm suicide rate was 49 percent lower than other states – and 50 percent lower than in Missouri – even though people committed suicide in other ways at almost precisely the same rate.
• Gun trafficking is 48 percent lower than in states that fail to require background checks for all handgun sales.