Poll: NJ Residents In Favor Of More Gun Control Measures

By Katie Colaneri, WBGO News
January 24, 2013

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A portion of the guns brought in from a recent gun buyback in Trenton.

New Jersey already has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, but a new poll shows residents want to tighten the grip on guns even more.

Quinnipiac poll Director Maurice Carroll says in the wake of the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, New Jersey residents are throwing their support behind a number of gun control measures.

“70 to 26, ban high capacity magazines. 69 to 27, nationwide ban on assault weapons. 96 to 3, requiring background checks for gun purchases at gun shows.”

By a less dramatic margin, the poll also shows more residents are in favor of putting armed guards in schools.

This was the first gage of the New Jersey response to the tragic deaths of 20 young elementary school children last month.

Carroll says the results aren’t surprising considering the strong emotional response to the murders across the country. And he doesn’t expect they’ll change much over time.


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