Results for - BB Guns

1,394 voters participated in this survey

1. Have you heard any of the recent controversy in the news about whether BB guns are firearms or not?

Yes
13%
183 votes
No
74%
1,037 votes
Undecided
4%
59 votes
Not Applicable
8%
115 votes

2. This topic has come up because a man in Minnesota was charged with possession of a firearm by an ineligible person (this was due to a previous drug conviction.) He had been found in possession of a BB gun that strongly resembled a Walther P99 pistol. He was sentenced to 5 years and the judge in this case told the jury that BB guns count as firearms. Have you ever seen a BB gun that was indistinguishable from a "real" gun?

Yes
29%
398 votes
No
37%
522 votes
Undecided
11%
158 votes
Not Applicable
23%
316 votes

3. The MN Court of Appeals upheld his conviction in September of this year, but the case is now being brought before the Supreme Court. The convicted felon, David Lee Haywood, states that his BB gun should not have been considered a firearm because the statute actually gives no definition of what constitutes a firearm. If you go by a dictionary definition, a firearm is classified as "a weapon that uses gun power or an explosive charge to fire a shot" - neither of which a BB gun does. The courts, however, state that MN appellate courts have a history of including BB guns as firearms. So what's your opinion - is a BB gun a firearm?

Yes
30%
415 votes
No
31%
434 votes
Undecided
21%
297 votes
Not Applicable
18%
248 votes

4. What about air rifles, do you think those should be classified as firearms as well?

Yes
32%
443 votes
No
26%
356 votes
Undecided
26%
356 votes
Not Applicable
17%
239 votes
01/02/2016 News 1394 28 By: MamaV1776

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