Environics Poll Regarding A Ban Of Semi-Automatic Firearms Is Bunk

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Environics Poll Regarding A Ban Of Semi-Automatic Firearms Is Bunk

Canada –-(Ammoland.com)- On March 9, 2018, the day after Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s National Guns and Gangs Summit, anti-gun lobby group PolySeSouvient released “proof” 63% of Canadian gun owners support banning semi-automatic firearms. In reality, anti-gun polling firm Environics delivered the lie their client paid for: “a majority of firearm owners” support banning guns.

The Environics survey shows only 159 of 1,510 total poll respondents own firearms. Of those 159 self-identified gun owners, 131 supported a gun ban (33 “somewhat agree”, 98 “strongly agree”).

On March 9 & 10 2018, the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) polled our membership, subscribers to our weekly Canadian Shooting Sports Association E-News and firearms owners on Facebook. We asked a simple, Yes or No question.

Do you support a ban on semi-automatic firearms?

Our results shine the light of truth on the lie perpetrated by Environics and proved, once again, the so-called polling firm’s bias against lawful firearms owners.

  • * 98% of respondents oppose banning semi-automatic firearms.
    * 5.6 % of respondents said they were not firearm owners, yet the majority of these still oppose the ban.

The ocean of discrepancy between the Canadian Shooting Sports Association poll and the nonsense put forth by Environics is easy to explain.

Environics took a miniscule number, just 131 of 1,510 total respondents, and claimed those 131 people represent the views of 2.1 MILLION licensed Canadian gun owners. Misleading doesn’t begin to describe the factual fallacy they attempted to foist upon Canadians.

The Canadian Shooting Sports Association, on the other hand, polled real gun owners to find out the real answer to a simple, Yes or No question.

Do you support a ban on semi-automatic firearms?

It’s no surprise real firearms owners almost unanimously (98%) oppose banning semi-automatic firearms. Real firearms owners know banning firearms from lawful, trustworthy Canadians will not influence monstrous acts in other countries or stop violent criminal gangs from using illegal guns.

Our results will shock only those people gullible enough to believe the Environics poll is anything other than a total fantasy.

Canadian Shooting Sports Association Executive Director Tony Bernardo asks, “Which poll do you believe? The poll commissioned by a vehemently anti-gun organization and conducted by a proven anti-gun polling firm, with just 131 responses to justify their claim “a majority of firearm owners” favour banning guns?

Or do you believe the poll with 5,759 responses, simply worded, and conducted by Canada’s largest firearm owners association?”

Bernardo added, “The answer is obvious, but only if you’re interested in the truth about what Canadian firearms owners believe. Gun owners vehemently oppose banning semi-automatic firearms.”

For further information contact:

Tony Bernardo
Canadian Shooting Sports Association / Canadian Institute for Legislative Action

Canadian Shooting Sports Association

About Canadian Shooting Sports Association

The CSSA is the largest firearms owners organization in Canada and is the voice of the sport shooter and firearms enthusiast. Our national membership supports and promotes traditional target shooting competition, modern action shooting sports, hunting, and archery. We support and sponsor competitions and youth programs that promote these Canadian heritage activities.


  • https://polysesouvient.ca/Documents/STATS_18_03_08_Environics_Poll_Results.pdf
  • https://polysesouvient.ca/Documents/PRSS_18_03_09_Sondage_ArmesAssaut_ControlesVentes.pdf
  • https://ipolitics.ca/2018/03/09/canadians-support-ban-on-semi-auto-assault-sport-rifles-environics-poll/
  • https://s3.amazonaws.com/CSSA/PDF/CSSA-2018-Semi-Automatic-Rifle-Survey.pdf