Oklahoma Poll
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January 16, 2011
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Bill Shapard

Tulsa World: Poll shows Oklahomans divided on open-carry

By Randy Krehbiel, Tulsa World

Oklahomans like their guns, but they�re not sure they want to see one strapped to the hip of the person next to them in the check-out line.

The 520 likely voters surveyed in the latest Oklahoma Poll were closely divided on the issue of an open-carry gun law, with 48 percent favoring it and 45 percent in opposition.

Fifty-two percent, though, said they would not be comfortable with people not involved in law enforcement openly carrying firearms; there seemed to be fairly broad agreement that open-carry laws would increase anxiety about crime.

�The ramifications of this issue have not been fully vetted in people�s minds,� said Bill Shapard, whose company, SoonerPoll.com, conducted the survey. �If you did a media search of these issues, where are you going to find a discussion of them? You�re not going to find them. There aren�t any.�

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Bill Shapard
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Bill Shapard

Bill is the founder of SoonerPoll.com and ShapardResearch, a full service market research firm based in Oklahoma City. Bill began his career in polling after working on a major campaign in Oklahoma from 1996 until founding SoonerPoll in 2004.