Majority of Illinois Voters Oppose Concealed Carry
The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV), a Joyce grantee, announced the results of a recent poll of Illinois voters in a press release issued on Monday, April 4. Findings from the poll, conducted by The Mellman Group, show strong opposition to a proposed state law allowing citizens to carry concealed handguns. Fifty-six percent of the state’s voters oppose a proposal allowing private citizens who are not working for law enforcement to carry a concealed gun. When told that the proposed law would allow the carrying of “concealed, loaded handguns” (rather than simply “concealed handguns”), opposition jumps to nearly two-thirds, compared to just 29 percent who favor. In general, an overwhelming 58 percent majority of Illinois voters believe “laws covering the sale and possession of firearms” should be made more strict, including fully 49 percent who say gun laws should be made “much” more strict. A mere 9 percent want them made less strict.
Read the press release
Detailed analysis of survey results