JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - New poll results released by the University of North Florida found that a majority of registered Florida voters are not that open to expanding gun laws.
The poll, conducted by the Public Opinion Research Laboratory (PORL), found that 53 percent of voters oppose open carry in the state, unless it's at police stations, prisons, courthouses, schools, athletic events and establishments that dispense alcohol. These results could hinder the open-carry bill introduced by the Senate, SB 140.
When it comes to concealed handguns, 62 percent of voters opposed proposed legislation (HB 6005), which would allow concealed carry on college or university campuses.
"If legislature is paying attention to public opinion, this signals that House Bill 6005 might not make it to the governor's desk for the second time in two years," said Dr. Michael Binder, PORL's faculty director.
House Bill 167 may also be threatened, according to the poll results. Turns out, a majority of Florida voters don't agree with banning the sales of assault weapons, which is what HB 167 aims to do.
"While Floridians might not be open to expanding gun laws, they don't support prohibiting the sale of assault weapons, which could signal that House Bill 167 isn't going to get passed either."