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Poll shows where Californians stand on tighter gun laws

Leaders debate how to handle gun control
Posted at 1:27 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 16:27:43-05

(KGTV) -- A new 10News/San Diego Union-Tribune Poll shows where Californians stand on gun control laws.

When asked whether it was more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns, or control gun ownership, 54 percent of people said controlling ownership is more important.

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63 percent of those surveyed said federal laws on gun ownership are not strict enough.

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According to the poll, 49 percent of those asked said the best way to reduce gun violence is by passing stricter laws.

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Meanwhile, 47 percent of those asked said they believe widespread gun ownership makes society dangerous.

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91 percent of those asked said background checks should be required for every person who wants to purchase a firearm.

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Meanwhile, 83 percent of those asked said gun owners should have to register with the state or local government and provide fingerprints.

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86 percent of those asked said they would support a law preventing people with mental illness from purchasing guns while 69 percent said they would support a law requiring a nationwide ban on semi-automatic weapons.

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70 percent of those asked said they would support a law limiting how much ammunition a gun can hold at once while 72 percent of those polled said they would support a law limiting how much ammunition can be purchased at the same time.

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Only 16 percent of those asked said they were very familiar with the deadly shooting at the Chabad of Poway shooting while 38 percent of those asked said they were somewhat familiar.

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47 percent of those asked said stricter gun laws in California might or might not have prevented the Poway synagogue shooting.

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82 percent of those asked say they would support an amendment to the law that would require a hunting license to be verified for anyone under 21 who wants to buy a rifle.

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