The reported results from a new poll run by Vanderbilt show that gun regulations were the third-most important issue to Tennessee voters and that those voters approve of Gov. Bill Lee’s move to sign a bill strengthening background checks for gun buys.
Vanderbilt says that the survey was administered to 1,003 registered Tennessee voters between April 19 and April 23.
The background check executive order was approved by 82% of those interviewed, with 10% against the move. The support included 72% of those who described themselves as MAGA Republicans along with support from 81% of non-MAGA Republicans, 91% of Democrats and 78% of independents.
The poll also showed 72% of Tennessee voters support a red flag law like Lee had proposed and could be part of a special session Lee has promised to call later this year.
Vanderbilt posed the question about the law in two ways, one asking about creating a law to prevent individuals who are at high risk of harming themselves or others while “preventing gun-related violence” or “preventing school shootings.”