Two-thirds of Americans believe that guns should be restricted in many public places, says a new study by a group of leading public health researchers, reports The Trace. It found that at least 64 percent of those surveyed do not support carrying guns at college campuses, in places of worship, government buildings, schools, bars, or sports stadiums. Even among gun owners, a majority did not approve of guns in bars or in schools. The survey, published in the American Journal of Public Health, comes as several states have passed laws to expand where guns can be carried in public. “That’s an important finding because it goes against the general trend of what lawmakers are doing,” said study co-author Julia Wolfson, a professor of public health at the University of Michigan.
This year, Arkansas passed a bill allowing guns on college campuses, in government buildings, and in bars. Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia is weighing a proposal that would allow concealed weapons at colleges. State legislators in New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Iowa passed so-called constitutional carry bills, eliminating the requirement of permits to carry concealed weapons. The new findings by researchers at Harvard, Northeastern, and Johns Hopkins universities, along with Michigan, are the latest in a set of studies that are painting the most definitive portrait of U.S. attitudes toward gun policy and ownership in two decades.