Strong majority against banning sale of realistic-looking toy guns - 224 participants

Oct 12, 2016

A New Jersey lawmaker, Sheila Oliver, has proposed a bill that would prohibit the sale of toy guns that resemble actual weapons. There is currently no such bill proposed in New Hampshire. Read more about this issue. On October 12, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH ban the sale of realistic-looking toy guns?

Should NH ban the sale of realistic-looking toy guns?

Banning Realistic Toy Guns New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 224 participants gave 413 responses.

A total of 94% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 6% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, this question received 413 responses from 224 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

No: A strong majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 88%, opposed banning the sale of realistic-looking toy guns.

  • “May as well start banning video games—much more gun play there than I ever had with a toy gun.”
  • “I'd rather our legislators take steps to protect us from actual weapons—not toys.”
  • “No, NH is a state where hunting is prevalent and there are a lot of gun owners. This should fall to the parents who should use this as a chance to teach gun safety and responsibilities.”

Yes: A minority, at 12% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of banning the sale of realistic-looking toy guns.

  • “Yes, a toy gun should look like a toy.”
  • “The toy industry should be banned from making them black or gray to resemble real guns.”
  • “If it is too realistic, there is a chance the person holding it could get shot.”

Other: As noted above, 6% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • The uses of toy guns: “How do toy guns teach them respect? I'm all for guns by the way. I just can't understand how [kids] learn respect with a toy gun.”
  • Playing with mock firearms: “Nothing wrong with a kid playing with a toy gun.”
  • Prevailing sentiment in schools: “Kids are getting suspended for toy guns.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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