Date of Award


Document Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


STEM Education & Professional Studies


Occupational and Technical Studies

Committee Director

Reed, Philip A.

Committee Director

Ritz, John M.


The problem of this study was to determine college student’s opinions regarding crimes committed by convicted felons with the use of firearms. This study was undertaken to determine if students support more aggressive legislation regarding the purchasing of firearms, specifically targeting convicted felons, to further prevent them obtaining weapons.

In identifying the methods to be used to obtain data for the study, the researcher reviewed the current laws pertaining to owning and possessing firearms, as well as national gun violence statistics for the past decade. This was broken down further by looking at criminal activity, and gun violence reported from across America over the past two decades. A survey was developed from this, and other information, and given to students for their input.

The results of the survey indicate that Old Dominions University students are knowledgeable of current firearms laws, as well as what constitutes being a convicted felon. A small percentage of those surveyed indicated they were victims of crime by use of a firearm, while a larger percent knew someone who was a victim of a crime by use of a firearm. Students also indicated support for new laws aimed at preventing convicted felons from obtaining firearms. Students stated they believe lighting in parking garages, and common places is adequate. Students indicated an overall satisfaction with their personal safety. On the contrary, students did not feel safe in areas adjacent to the campus due the high-level of crime.


A Research Paper Submitted to the Faculty of Old Dominion University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE OCCUPATIONAL AND TECHNICAL STUDIES